While Texas divorce lawyers realize that no couple gets married with the idea of ending the marriage in their minds, the number of divorces happening now is high.
Family law attorneys find that while most people have heard of a pre-nuptial agreement and know what it is, not so many have heard of a post-nuptial agreement and whether there are advantages to signing one.
What Is A Post-Nuptial Agreement?
A post-nuptial agreement is a legal contract that divorce lawyers may suggest to couples who wish to dictate things like financial responsibility and the distribution of their wealth after they have already gotten married.
It is basically the same thing as a pre-nuptial, which is a contract that family law attorneys work up with couples before they actually get married.
In the event that a couple does not do a pre-nup ahead of time and then later feel they need one, they can simply have a post-nup drawn up for them by divorce lawyers experienced with these contracts.
What Are the Advantages of Signing A Post-Nuptial Agreement?
Working up a post-nuptial agreement with the help of Texas divorce lawyers can offer couples a number of important advantages:
- Division of Property and Financial Responsibilities - The primary reason why couples might get a post-nuptial from their family law attorneys is to document in detail how their personal and marital property as well as any financial obligations should be divided should the couple decide to divorce. This is helpful because these decisions are usually made well in advance any bad feelings arise in the relationship. It is such bad feels that frequently make this part of a divorce more difficult to deal with.
- Financial Security After A Divorce - A post-nuptial can let spouses have an idea of how they will each fare financially after a divorce. If a divorce becomes likely, divorce attorneys find that spouses have an easier time planning for their futures when they already know what their financial condition will be after the marriage is dissolved.
- Defining the Relationship - Some Texas divorce lawyers find that post-nuptials are useful for helping couples define their relationship within the marriage and what is expected of each spouse. The agreement could technically prevent situations that might lead to a divorce in less traditional relationships if expectations are spelled out for the spouses.
- An Easier Separation - Like a pre-nuptial agreement, a post-nuptial can facilitate the process and reduce the emotional impact of divorcing should it come to that. Because everything will already be decided in a legal, binding document drafted ahead of time by divorce lawyers, there is less room for arguing and emotional turmoil while finalizing the dissolution of the marriage.
- Peace of Mind - Overall, a post-nuptial agreement helps couples have the peace of mind that regardless of what happens in their relationship, they have agreed in ahead of time on how to handle their important matters. From finances and personal property to child support and alimony, this document removes the stress of a contested divorce in the event that the marriage does not work out. Each spouse can see the future more clearly this way, no matter what happens between them.
Family law attorneys know that getting divorced can be a stressful, lengthy, and highly emotional process.
Because most of the problems encountered in a divorce stem from financial and responsibility concerns, Texas divorce lawyers recommend that married couples consider whether a post-nuptial agreement can benefit them.
A Final Thought
To learn more about post-nuptial agreements and whether obtaining one is a good idea, married couples should contact experienced divorce attorneys who can discuss it with them!
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