Collin County Attorney For Prenuptial And Postnuptial Agreements

Serving Clients In McKinney, Plano, Frisco And Surrounding Areas Since 1987

Prenuptial and postnuptial marital agreements allow couples to better manage their property and other issues during their marriage and upon dissolution of their marriage. Dealing with these issues up front can actually improve the marriage relationship.

Diana L. Porter assists individuals in McKinney with prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Having represented Collin County, Texas, residents in family law since 1987, she has the knowledge and professional insight to help you make informed decisions about obtaining a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, and helping you understand how property laws apply to you. She is a Board Certified family law attorney, certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Understanding Prenuptial And Postnuptial Agreements

Most marital agreements are prenuptial agreements, which are agreed upon and signed before the marriage. Postnuptial agreements are signed after marriage and may be created at any time during the marriage. Under Texas law, these agreements are generally referred to as premarital and postmarital agreements.

Marital agreements are most often created to address financial issues. However, they can also include agreements on any issue related to the couple's relationship so long as the terms do not violate public policy or criminal laws, or adversely affect child support.

Nobody plans to have a marriage fail. Having a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement does not change that. Instead, it helps couples better understand each other's outlook and goals, a necessary element for any successful marriage.

How Marital Agreements Affect Property

Certain interactive laws govern the ownership and management of property, but many of the laws that apply to married couples differ from those that apply to single people. Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements permit individuals to modify how these laws apply to them. Therefore, even if you do not intend to obtain a marital agreement, you should understand how these laws may affect you, because how you conduct your financial affairs during marriage — with or without a marital agreement — can have an enormous impact on how your property is treated during divorce, after your death or after the death of your spouse.

Texas is a community property state and when couples divorce, their community property will be divided between them. With a premarital or postmarital agreement, you have the opportunity to define what is and is not considered community property upon death or divorce. You can also agree to how community property, if any, will be divided. The options are virtually unlimited.

Diana Porter provides skilled guidance for creating an effective prenuptial or postnuptial agreement that achieves your goals. She offers open and honest advice when discussing your options and risks.

Representation Focused On Your Needs

To determine whether a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement is the right choice for your relationship, contact an experienced lawyer first. Call Diana Porter at (972) 562-0038 or contact the firm online to schedule a consultation.