The attorneys of Karnes Legal Services recognize the delicate nature of the issues involved in a prenuptial agreement. There are many misconceptions about prenuptial agreements and the purposes for entering into such a written contract with your soon to be spouse. A prenuptial agreement is a contract entered into before marriage which specifies in writing the intentions of the betrothed couple, the individual property of each person after marriage and the conditions relating to joint or marital property. A prenuptial agreement also dictates the rights of each spouse in the event of marital dissolution by divorce or death.
Why Have a Prenuptial Agreement?
Often people are very reluctant and wary of prenuptial agreements, believing the only reason to enter such a contract is in the event of divorce.
No one wants to enter into marriage thinking that it will end in divorce. From a spiritual and emotional standpoint marriage is a most sacred union. From a legal standpoint marriage is a covenant or a contract. You have an offer – marriage proposal, acceptance of the proposal, then the parties mutually pledge to remain together for life. Oral or written, this is a contract. Dissolution of marriage by divorce is not the only purpose for a premarital contract, there are many other reasons as well, including estate planning.
If you have questions regarding your need for a prenuptial agreement, speak to one of our legal professionals who is dedicated to communicating with you, is sensitive to your needs and is an effective and skilled advocate, contact the law firm of Karnes Legal Services, at 731-668-9529. Or, if you prefer, send us an e-mail using our secure online form. We accept all major credit cards.