Divorce has the potential to wreak havoc on your financial life—especially if you're a small business owner. Can a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement protect your business in a Texas divorce?
The short answer is yes, if it is done correctly. Let's delve into the specifics.
A prenuptial agreement is a legal contract entered into by a couple before their marriage. This agreement outlines the distribution of assets, including business interests, in the event of divorce or death. In Texas, prenuptial agreements are generally honored as long as they meet certain requirements:
If these conditions are met, a prenuptial agreement can be an effective tool for protecting your business in a Texas divorce. It can stipulate that the business is separate property and not subject to division.
Similar to a prenuptial agreement, a postnuptial agreement is a contract entered into by a couple after they are already married. While postnuptial agreements weren't always enforceable in Texas, changes in law have made them a viable option for protecting your business. Just like with prenuptial agreements, full disclosure of assets and liabilities, as well as the voluntary nature of the agreement, are key for enforceability.
Community Property State Considerations
Texas is a community property state, which means that all assets acquired during the marriage are considered jointly owned by both spouses and are subject to division in a divorce. However, a well-crafted prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can define your business as separate property, thus protecting it from being divided in the divorce.
While a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can offer significant protection for your business, it's crucial to consult an experienced divorce attorney to ensure that the agreement is legally sound and enforceable. Every business and marriage is unique, and a one-size-fits-all approach rarely works when it comes to legal matters as important as protecting your livelihood.
If you have questions about how to safeguard your business in a Texas divorce, don't hesitate to reach out to our expert team for personalized advice tailored to your situation.
Attorney Sean Y. Palmer has over 20 years of legal experience as a Texas Attorney and over 25 years as a Qualified Mediator in civil, family and CPS cases. Palmer practices exclusively in the area Family Law and handles Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Adoptions, and other Family Law Litigation cases. He represents clients throughout the greater Houston Galveston area, including: Clear Lake, NASA, Webster, Friendswood, Seabrook, League City, Galveston, Texas City, Dickinson, La Porte, La Marque, Clear Lake Shores, Bacliff, Kemah, Pasadena, Baytown, Deer Park, Harris County, and Galveston County, Texas.
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