A prenuptial agreement, commonly referred to as a “prenup”, is a legally binding agreement created by a couple before they are married. This contract is designed to specify each person’s property on entering the marriage and discuss property rights if the marriage should end - whether through divorce or death. No couple wants to entertain the possibility that their relationship may end, but addressing this possibility is very important for yourself and any children involved.

While a couple may draw up a postmarital agreement after their wedding, the prenuptial contract is commonly completed before marriage. Although a prenuptial agreement is often associated with wealth, there are many reasons a couple can benefit from this contract. For instance, if the relationship involves children from a previous marriage or one of the parties owns a business a prenup can offer clear communication and protection in the event that a marriage should end for any reason.

Concerns Addressed in Marital Contracts

Every couple’s needs and circumstances are unique, which makes the skills and knowledge of an experienced family law attorney critical when creating a prenuptial agreement.

Topics included in a prenup can include:

  • Alimony, or spousal support, is an amount paid to a former spouse in the event of a divorce.
  • Debts that are currently owed by either party or that are acquired during the marriage
  • Assets, such as income and property that are acquired during the marriage
  • Property, both monetary and nonmonetary that either party acquired before the marriage
  • Children from previous relationships and what they will inherit in the event that a spouse should pass on
  • Family heirlooms and who will inherit them
  • Discuss responsibilities and expectations during the marriage, such as expected income, retirement, businesses, etc.

While the premarital agreement can address many things, there are some topics, such as child support, a waiver of alimony, or personal decisions. If anything inappropriate should be in the agreement, it may be nullified in court. A family law attorney can ensure that every detail of your agreement is correctly drafted and take the stress out of submitting your paperwork.

Finding a Prenuptial Agreement Attorney in Fort Bend County

When you’re ready to take the next big step with your partner, a prenuptial agreement can protect all parties involved should any unfortunate circumstances arise. At The Foster Law Firm, we work closely with every one of our clients to ensure that their unique needs are fully addressed. With decades of experience in family law matters throughout the Sugar Land area, we can quickly and effectively take the stress out of your prenup contract, so that you can focus on other aspects of your upcoming marriage.