It is almost time to tie the knot, and you are excited to start your new life as a married couple. However, it is important not to let the joy and excitement of marriage overshadow the need for planning for "what if" scenarios. Failure to plan could be a costly mistake if you and your spouse eventually part ways. At Gardner & Smith, PLLC, we help couples recognize the value of prenuptial agreements and outline their rights in the event of a divorce. While we wish every couple a long and happy marriage, nothing is guaranteed, and you should not feel guilty for wanting to have a safety net in place.

What Is A Prenuptial Agreement?

Premarital agreements contain terms couples agree to if they divorce. A prenuptial agreement is a valuable tool that can be used to protect your separate property, prevent delays in a divorce and shield you from your spouse's debts. Without a prenup, you may forfeit your right to keep your assets, including your business and retirement contributions. Since Texas is a community-property state, assets acquired during a marriage are presumed to be community property and are subject to being divided upon divorce. A prenuptial agreement can ensure you keep the assets that are lawfully yours and protect your rights as an individual. Such an agreement also can contractually alter Texas law with regard to community property and allow you and your future spouse to decide upfront which assets belong to each of you.

Tips For Having The Conversation With Your Soon-To-Be Spouse

Prenuptial agreements can be a contentious topic for some couples. However, having this conversation as soon as possible is critical. Here are some tips when discussing a prenuptial agreement with your fiancé(e):

  • Do not wait until the last minute
  • Prepare for the conversation ahead of time
  • Discuss how a prenup benefits both of you
  • Remain calm
  • Be honest

An attorney can help to facilitate the discussion and need for a prenup with you and your spouse so you do not have to have the conversation alone.

We Are Proud To Help Texas Couples Plan For Any Outcome

Ensure every detail is discussed and that you have the strongest protections possible. Call Fort Worth lawyers who care about you and your future at 817-737-4000 or send us a message today.