The Woodlands Marital Agreements Lawyer
Getting married should be one of the most exciting, rewarding times of your life. When you’re planning your wedding, you don’t want to think about the possibility that the marriage could one day end. There are, however, a number of reasons that a betrothed couple might want to consider a prenuptial agreement. In The Woodlands, family law attorney Anna Din can walk you and your spouse through the legal reasons for prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and can draft legally binding contracts that work for both you.
What are Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements?
A prenuptial agreement is a contract signed before the marriage to modify the implied agreements that automatically go into effect when two people get married in Texas. For example, a prenuptial agreement can protect a family estate or a business interest from being liquidated and sold off in a divorce settlement. It can also outline the details of an alimony schedule in the event of a divorce. Prenups must be signed by both parties prior to the marriage.
A postnuptial agreement works exactly like a prenuptial agreement, but is drafted and signed after the two spouses enter into a marriage. Postnuptial agreements are common as a condition of entering into business partnerships. Sometimes when investors enter into business arrangements with other married parties, they want to insure the new venture against being dissolved in a divorce. In that case, they may make a postnuptial agreement a condition of the contract.
What is a Civil Union?
Civil unions began gaining both popularity and national attention prior to the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states, including Texas. Civil unions are similar to marriages, with several key differences:
- The rights afforded under civil unions vary from state to state.
- There is no federal recognition of civil unions.
- States aren’t required to recognize the civil union of other states.
With the 2015 Supreme Court decision, fewer people are seeking this option. Texas does not have civil unions, but some counties have issued domestic partnership agreements, which afford some of the rights of a marriage to the parties entering into the DPA. Montgomery County doesn’t have domestic partnership agreements, but both opposite-sex and same-sex marriage are legal throughout the state.
Professional Marital Agreement Attorney for The Woodlands and Montgomery County
If you require a premarital agreement to protect your assets in the unlikely event of a divorce, a postnuptial contract, or any other form of marital agreement, The Woodlands area Law Office of Anna Din can help. Attorney Din understands the delicacy and discretion that’s often required when discussing these types of agreements with family members. Contact our office in The Woodlands today to arrange a free 60-minute consultation.