For couples in the verge of their wedding, the last thing they might want to talk about is the possibility that their marriage ends in divorce. Yet the sad reality is that about half of marriages in the United States, including Texas, ultimately end in divorce.
One of the many services our family law attorney, who is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, offers her Dallas area clients is advice and assistance with drafting prenuptial agreements. For those who are not married, similar agreements, called "partition/exchange" agreements are available. Texas couples that are already married are allowed to sign enforceable "postmarital agreements," which have the same effect as prenuptial agreements but for their timing.
There is little doubt that many of our Dallas family law blog readers have driven south to enjoy the vacation pleasures available in Galveston, Texas. The coastal city offers to visitors the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, great food, spectacular sightseeing and much more.It is also the spot where a divorce nightmare has unfolded, according to reports. Two years ago, a legal notice was published in the daily newspaper. It was part of a chain of events that resulted first in a $400 million divorce and then an unraveling of that decree.
When a Dallas couple does well in business, they will often have difficulties in divorce. That is because it can be difficult to divide significant assets such as a business between the spouses when the end of a marriage arrives.
Things are not always what they appear to be. Before a couple married in 2009, the husband — a U.S. citizen originally from Turkey — agreed with his immigrant bride that there would be no alimony in the event their marriage ended in divorce.
One of the most uncomfortable, yet important, topics for newly engaged or married couples is money. This could be why it remains one of the top reasons that couples here in Texas and elsewhere divorce. This is also why many people immediately think of divorce when they hear about prenuptial (before marriage) or postnuptial (after marriage) agreements.
Marriage is by definition a contract. When someone enters into that relationship in Texas certain rights and expectations follow. To further clarify what rights and obligations a couple might expect is something that can be framed through a carefully crafted prenuptial or postnuptial agreement.
There is nothing that says that a couple planning a prenuptial agreement must do it with the help of an attorney. But there is an old adage that goes something like, "A man who is his own lawyer, has a fool for a client."
How we deal with dementia has been a challenge since the beginning days of organized society. Four-hundred years ago, the Bard himself focused attention on the subject in his play, "King Lear." It hasn't gotten any easier to deal with since then. Indeed, in some ways it's gotten harder. We know so much more about the causes of dementia than ever, and yet we are still far from finding treatments that can help.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder goes the saying. The same could also be said about the view one holds about prenuptial agreements. Many in Texas may pooh-pooh even the thought of such documents saying that they presume divorce and that if you think that way, it will happen.