Premarital and Marital Agreements

Premarital agreements (prenuptial agreements) and marital agreements outline spouse's rights and obligations in the event of a divorce. Through a prenuptial (prenup) or premarital agreement, a couple agrees in advance how to protect and secure their individual assets (including those intended for heirs), should the marriage end in divorce.

This agreement can be important if a couple has substantial assets, is entering into a second marriage or one of the spouses has children from a prior relationship. Once a couple is married, a marital agreement can protect a spouse from taking on the debt of the other, or from a catastrophic tax problem. It also can protect a sizeable inheritance received by a spouse during the marriage.

For many years, I have focused exclusively on divorce and family law matters. As a Plano prenuptial agreement attorney, I listen intently to our client to understand their wishes, desires and unique circumstances, and then work hard to achieve their goals.

Creating Enforceable Documents

At Short Law Firm, PC, I ensure that your prenuptial or marital agreement meets all legal requirements, and accurately details the parties' understanding. To be enforceable, a prenuptial or marital agreement must meet strict requirements. Generally the parties must fully disclosure all of their assets and debts, and must enter into the agreement voluntarily and without coercion. If the agreement meets these and other requirements, it will dictate how property will be divided and how much, if any, spousal support will be paid should the parties eventually divorce. More and more the signing of a prenuptial agreement is videotaped to save the agreement and avoid misunderstandings later. It is important that both parties to the agreement consult an experienced legal professional when considering a marital or premarital agreement.

Assisting With Your Marital Agreements

My firm has the ability to assist you in the drafting of your prenuptial agreement, regardless of how simple or complicated your asset and property division would seem to be upon divorce. Contact me today to learn whether a premarital agreement or marital agreement is right for you. You can also call my office in Plano: 972-468-1821.