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Getting married? It's time to talk about a prenuptial agreement

Before you get married, you might want to consider a prenuptial agreement. A prenup can help you and your spouse-to-be protect one another against each other's debts and can help you determine what you want to see happen if you later divorce.

Many people don't want to talk about prenups, because they think that it means that they don't trust their fiances. That myth couldn't be further from the truth. In reality, using a prenup shows that you want to talk about the future and that you want to protect the person you're marrying as well as yourself if the marriage ends.

When you create a prenup that addresses what will happen in a divorce, it is likely going to have much kinder terms than what you'd want to see happen if you divorced without one. You are currently in a position where you want what is best for your partner, so you'll put together an agreement that is fair. Going into a marriage without a prenup can be risky, because Texas is a community property state. Further, the two of you will have to negotiate with each other at a time when you may both be very unhappy.

It might be hard to bring up the subject of a prenup, but if you explain that you want to work together to create a fair agreement, you will have an easier time getting your partner on board with the idea. Our website has more information about drafting a prenuptial agreement and why it can be so helpful when you're getting married.

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