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Many divorced Americans regret not having a prenup

According to the American Psychological Association, the divorce rate in the United States hovers somewhere between 40 and 50 percent. Of course, most engaged couples in Houston believe their situations will not contribute to this rate, but the fact is that with a divorce rate that includes nearly half of all once-married couples, no one can guarantee that their union will last forever.

A 2010 poll of over 2,300 adults indicates that a sizable chunk of divorced individuals, about 15 percent, regret not having a prenuptial agreement. Looking back after a divorce, it's easy to see how important prenups are to one's security and peace of mind. A prenup can address a number of issues, including how marital assets are to be divided, the property rights concerning a home, and even many issues relating to raising children together and apart.

Another helpful element of a prenup is that it can take legal concepts and standards and make them specific to a couple's particular situation. Without a prenup, for example, a contentious divorce can end up in court and important decisions may ultimately be made by a judge. If a prenuptial agreement is in place, however, a couple's specific circumstances can be addressed earlier rather than later or not at all, and it is the spouses themselves having the final say.

Getting a prenuptial agreement does not mean a marriage is in doubt. Rather, it means that one or both spouses is planning ahead for the future and doing so in a manner that is fair and legally sound. A family law attorney can help spouses draft a valid prenuptial agreement, put it into place and make sure no relevant topics are overlooked in the process.

Source: U.S. News, "For love or for money: Should you get a prenup?" Ginger Dean, April 25, 2014

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