Dallas Premarital Agreement Lawyer

Prenuptial agreements — sometimes called "prenups" or premarital agreements — refer to agreements signed by couples before they marry. Postmarital agreements, marital agreements and postmarital partition and exchange agreements are terms used interchangeably which generally refer to agreements made between spouses during marriage.

Planning for the Future · Accounting in Advance for the Unexpected

Both prenuptial and postmarital agreements are used much more frequently today than they were just 20 or 30 years ago. No longer is there a stigma attached to either agreement, as more couples recognize the value of planning for the future and for the unexpected.

At Palmer & Manuel in Dallas, Texas, our attorneys work closely with clients to develop prenuptial and postmarital agreements that meet their unique needs.

Why Develop and Enter a Prenuptial or Postnuptial Agreement?

Couples choose to create prenuptial and postmarital agreements for various reasons. The following are a few scenarios and objectives that can be effectively addressed with a prenup or postmarital agreement:

  • Second marriages: Common in marriages in which one spouse comes into the relationship with children and substantial assets and wants to be able to control what part of the estate goes to the natural children and what part goes to the new spouse.
  • Parties focused on asset protection: Prenuptial agreements are commonly used as a means to protect the assets an individual has acquired before marriage.
  • Financial independence within the marriage: Some couples choose premarital and postmarital agreements to document their preferences for maintaining financial independence. For example, when both spouses earn a sizeable income, a prenuptial agreement can protect each spouse from becoming involved in the other's financial matters.
  • Risky business ventures: A postnuptial agreement can be particularly useful when one spouse takes on a high-risk business venture, and the other spouse wants to disassociate him or herself from financial responsibility for its success or failure if the marriage ends.

Timing Is Critical: Contact Our Firm in Dallas Today

If you are considering a prenuptial agreement, it is important to start the process well in advance of the wedding. It is very difficult to structure and finalize an agreement less than 30 days before a wedding, so we recommend consulting with an attorney as early as possible.

At Palmer & Manuel, we understand the importance of helping clients protect their assets before, during and after marriage. Our attorneys work closely with clients to create prenuptial and postnuptial agreements tailored to their unique needs. To set a time to meet with one of our family lawyers, contact us online or call 214-242-6444.