A prenuptial agreement does not have to be considered a negative beginning to what should be a beautiful marriage. Should a divorce become inevitable, however, having the prenuptial agreement in place can save a bunch of pain and suffering for either one or both parties involved. Texas divorces can be painless in the sense of knowing beforehand what will go to who and how the property division will work.
First and foremost, a prenuptial agreement is basically just an advance settlement agreement as a just-in-case situation should a divorce occur in the future. They do not have to be permanently set in stone and can be altered as the marriage gains or loses equity. The top three reasons couples sign prenuptial agreements are for property protection, alimony agreements and to decide how property will be divided if a divorce happens.
According to recent surveys there has been a substantial increase in the amount of prenuptial agreements that have been obtained by couples getting ready to say their vows. Women are, surprisingly to some, making more requests from their grooms-to-be as well. This actually is understandable considering women are now taking a more noticeable stand in the workforce.
Securing one's investments and assets prior to getting married can make a divorce less stressful and easier to get through with minimal complications. With the rights and responsibilities agreed upon and established in a prenuptial agreement, any alimony and property division are already determined in the event that a divorce becomes the only option for a marriage. Since divorce rates are sometimes reported at almost 50 percent of marriages, this type of agreement may be in the best interests of all Texas couples getting married.
Source: Post-gazette.com, More couples saying 'I do' to prenups, Tim Grant, Oct. 31, 2013