Austin Premarital Agreement Lawyer

Austin Premarital Agreement Lawyer Premarital agreements are used in a variety of ways that can range from estate planning to identifying separate property and beyond. These contracts help couples make informed financial decisions before they move forward with their marriage.

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Prenuptial Agreements

Premarital agreements – also known as prenuptial agreements and prenups – are about far much more than trying to protect one’s wealth. In fact, the bad rap that premarital agreements used to get is in the past is outdated. Premarital agreements are legal contracts that can serve many important roles in a marriage. If you have questions or concerns or would like to learn more about premarital agreements, an experienced Austin premarital agreement attorney can help you with that.

Marriages Have Evolved

Marrying very young (before amassing much property of one’s own) is no longer the norm. People now tend to enter marriages after they’re become more financially established. While no one enters into a marriage expecting it to dissolve, the fact is that divorce happens, and a premarital agreement can help protect one’s assets in the event of a divorce. Further, more and more people are entering into second marriages – often with children in tow. A premarital agreement can also help couples sort out the issue of inheritance – and help solidify each spouse’s estate plan. Without a premarital agreement, it can be difficult to ensure that your children from a prior marriage receive the inheritance you intend them to receive.

Separate Property

The property that you and your spouse bring into your marriage with you is considered separate property that – as long as you keep it separate – will remain yours if you do divorce. The fact is, however, that over the course of a marriage, it is easy for separate property to become commingled with marital property – at which point, the strength of its separateness can be seriously tested. If you have a robust premarital agreement in place, however, you can directly address the matter of separate property before any issues arise.

The Strength of Your Premarital Agreement

  • Not all premarital agreements are created equal. There are certain things that can either fortify or negate your agreement, including the following:
  • A hastily signed prenup is more likely to look like coercion. Allowing some time between when you both sign the document and when you marry is always in your best interest.
  • A prenup cannot address certain matters, including child support and issues related to conservatorship (child custody).
  • A prenup cannot take away a spouse’s legal financial rights, such as pension rights.
    If one party doesn’t have legal representation on his or her side, the court may consider this a red flag that renders the agreement void.

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