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Consider the merits of a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement

Many aspects of family law can cause tensions to run high, and this is true for prenuptial and postnuptial agreements as well. These agreements serve similar functions to a will, except instead of detailing the end of a person's life, they detail the end of a marriage. Having a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can make any divorce extremely simple, and it will often spare both parties a great deal of headache and heartache.

Unfortunately, because these agreements are essentially contingencies for a divorce, many people shy away from them. Some people outright reject the idea of a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, believing that it indicates a lack of faith in the marriage or of trust in one another. They wonder why a person would need contingencies for a divorce unless they plan to one day get one.

While it may be true that some people are unsure about the future of a marriage, simply entering into a prenuptial agreement should never be considered a lack of trust; in fact, in many ways, it is a sign of trust. A marriage will irrevocably change at least two lives, and trying to separate those lives can be difficult, especially if one person gives up a career to raise children or moves to a foreign state. A prenuptial agreement can show the trust that said person will not be left ruined in the event of a divorce.

Ultimately, a prenuptial agreement is not about preparing for or expecting divorce, but about realistically assessing the future of your married life. Both parties are far more likely to make fair and reasonable decisions and compromises when they are happily in love than when they are bitterly divorcing, meaning that a prenuptial agreement will almost always be fair to both parties. If you live in Texas and you are considering a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, please visit our web page to learn how we can help you.

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