You may wonder whether you need a marriage agreement? The better question may be … how much could it cost you without one? Nearly half of the marriages in the United States continue to end in divorce. A thoughtful, well-crafted premarital agreement is your insurance for a healthy financial future and minimal adversity in the event your relationship is limited.
Some of the more common reasons for making a marriage agreement include: to keep income separate property, to protect real or personal property rights, entrepreneurial interests such as a professional practice or business, or, the terms of an existing contract.
A seasoned family law attorney is likely capable of drafting your premarital, postmarital, or cohabitation agreement, but a lawyer who focuses on marital agreements is more well-versed in the nuances and issues that may arise. After all, do you visit your general family doctor to treat you for a skin condition? You could, but it is probably better if you see your dermatologist. The same can be said for marital agreements.
Cindy Hide is a family law attorney who focuses her boutique Galleria practice on crafting unique and effective prenuptial agreements, postnuptial, and cohabitation agreements. Harmonizing her years of experience as a seasoned attorney, and more years as a businesswoman, public servant, author, publisher, and mom, she understands the issues and challenges that crafting an iron clad agreement can present.
Cindy’s passion for helping couples create a secure foundation is based on her strong belief in family and the importance of navigating challenges with compassion and care. Anticipating those challenges at any age or stage in life is critical for a successful future. A prenuptial agreement, or prenup agreement, can do just that by resolving issues in your marriage the way you choose instead of what would otherwise be dictated by state law. In other words, you choose how to manage your personal and financial affairs, not the state statutes. Most importantly, you enjoy the benefit of avoiding problems before they occur when you sign a prenup.
Cindy grew up in Houston and attended the University of Houston and the University of Houston Law Center. She is a Texas Bar College Fellow, member of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, The Burta Raborn Inns of Court, and The American Bar Association.