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Prenuptials are a more viable option as the economy stabilizes

Prior to a marriage, many Texas couples enter into a prenuptial agreement to protect assets that may be negatively affected if the union ends in divorce. Issues such spousal support and property division are a few of the key points that should be clearly outlined in order to provide maximum protection for all parties. In order to ensure that there are no gray areas in the premarital agreement, seeking the assistance of a family law attorney is likely the best course of action.

There is a commonly held sentiment that a prenuptial comes with a negative connotation and highlights the possibility of a marriage ending before it even begins. However, a 2010 poll shows that a large number of Americans are actually very accepting of the agreement. In fact, nearly 50 percent of divorced individuals who were polled by Harris Interactive indicated that having a prenuptial agreement set in place prior to marriage was a prudent idea. Another 44 percent of unmarried individuals agreed.

According to reports, a more recent poll by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers suggests that these sentiments are not dwindling. In fact, over the last three years more than 60 percent of divorce lawyers have noticed a rise in prenuptial requests. This increase may be due to the fact that the economy is stabilizing and assets are beginning to increase in value, the AAML president suggested.

For those going into a marriage with assets, it may be in their best interests to discuss with an attorney the possibility of a premarital agreement.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Prenuptial Agreements Are on the Rise, And More Women Are Requesting Them," Oct. 22, 2013

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