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Prenuptial Agreements in Houston

Prenuptial agreements have a lot of cache in popular culture, so it is a good idea to get to know them a little better. The primary purpose of a prenuptial agreement is to protect one party’s assets during and after a marriage. Prenuptial agreements protect a party from assuming the debts of the other party. These agreements also determine how property will be passed upon death, which is particularly useful if the deceased has a big family.

However, the most important use of a prenuptial agreement is that prenuptials help avoid long, costly disputes in court. Although there may not be anything like a perfect “ironclad” prenuptial agreement, a competent Houston Family Law attorney is capable of drafting a solid and reliable prenuptial.


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What Is a Fidelity Clause? Can You Include It in a Prenup in Texas?

There are many clauses that can be included in a prenuptial agreement. Similarly, there are many clauses that can't be included on a prenup.

A prenuptial agreement is an agreement between two soon-to-be spouses about the terms of their marriage. Prenups are, for the large part, financial contracts.

The point of a prenup is to lay out the terms and conditions in case the couple gets a divorce.

Lamar Odom Visits Lawyer, but Khloe Kardashian Says No Divorce Looms

Are Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian headed for divorce?

Nothing is confirmed as of yet, but that’s what sources tell Hollywood Life. According to these sources, Lamar Odom was spotted leaving the offices of a divorce attorney.

Is a divorce looming? Not so fast, as sources close to the Kardashian clan are telling Hollywood Life that these rumors are untrue and that the couple “couldn’t be happier.”

Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson Tackles Prenup in Divorce Filing

Sometimes a divorce is just waiting to happen. It's like you know it's coming, but for some reason the couple can't see it. You know you've seen it at least once in your life, even if it was just a break-up.

Finally, ex-NFL star Chad (formerly "Ochocinco") Johnson has admitted to himself that his marriage to Evelyn Lozada is not salvageable. He has filed divorce papers in a Florida court, according to TMZ. Johnson also requested that the court deny Lozada's request for attorneys fees because the couple's prenuptial agreement allegedly stated that both parties would pay for their own legal fees.

How can you make sure that your prenup holds up in court?

Postnuptials and You: It's Not Too Late If You Don't Have a Prenup

Well, to be honest, if you are married it is too late for a prenuptial agreement. But that's only because of the English language and all. The prefix "pre" means before, thus a prenup can only be before a wedding.

However, it's not too late to determine exactly where the money will go and who owns what after a marriage hits the skids (and before there's even a hint at anything besides marital bliss). This can happen with a document called a postnuptial agreement. As opposed to "pre," "post" means after, so it can be done directly after a wedding or even years after. You just need to follow the proper steps in writing and signing it.

Here's how it works:

Mark Sanford to Live in Appalachians, er, Marry Argentine Mistress

Good old Mark Sanford. Even after lying to his family and his entire state about hiking the Appalachians (when he instead flew to Argentina to visit his mistress), the ex-South Caorlina governor is making his sinful choice right (or, as right as possible) by marrying her.

Over the weekend, Mark Sanford confirmed he was engaged to Maria Belen Chapur, according to The Associated Press. Sanford had been a rising Republican star until his illicit hiking trip took him to his soul mate in 2009. After the affair went public, Sanford divorced his wife.

If Mark Sanford's marriage to his mistress involves a prenuptial agreement, are there any special considerations that need to be made?

Jennifer Aniston Engaged: Prenup for that Friends Cash?

It’s always been about Jennifer Jennifer Jennifer. Everyone’s been talking about whether she’ll get married or whether she’ll have a kid after her marriage to Brad Pitt ended. (It really is surprising that there is so much of this chatter. Isn’t it 2012? Are women still valued only for their ability to have children?)

Well, the new chatter can begin as Aniston said yes to boyfriend Justin Theroux’s proposal of marriage, according to the Associated Press. Now we can all debate whether she is too old to have children or whether she is going to adopt.

Before the wedding bells ring, the two lovebirds probably need to talk about a prenuptial agreement.

Kenny G's Smooth Jazz Can't Smooth Out Irreconcilable Differences

Kenny G is known for his smooth saxophone sounds and long curly locks. He's a seeming maven of cool and could probably freeze over hell and become friends with the devil by playing that soprano sax so smooth.

Sometimes though, Kenny G is just Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, the regular guy that must go through a divorce the same way anyone else does. Last year, his wife Balynda Helene Benson-Gorelick filed separation papers citing irreconcilable differences and requesting full custody of their 14-year-old son, according to People.

Matthew McConaughey Married in Austin -- After Six Years Together

It finally happened, Texas' sexy screen idol Matthew McConaughey got married in Austin to his girlfriend of 6 years and mother to his children, Camila Alves, reports People Magazine. Sorry ladies, there might have been a chance when she was just his baby momma, now there is none.

The couple had a sunset wedding, which included John Mellencamp singing psalms during the catholic ceremony, reports the Houston Chronicle. There were other celebrities in the audience, including Kenny Chesney, Woody Harrelson, and Reese Witherspoon. The couple provided two person tents scattered across their property for the guests to use, according to People.

So now that Camila Alves is Camila McConaughey, let's see what else marriage in Texas has in store.

Should the Lip Dub Proposal Be Followed By Actual Prenup?

KHOU-TV has reported on an elaborate lip dub marriage proposal in Portland, Oregon and thinks that Houston wants to see it. Based on the pre-production time spent on this video, it is clear why it has been viewed over 8 million times.

With the amount of time Isaac Lamb spent on that proposal, you wonder if he thought of the legal ramifications of marriage. Yes, it's great to spend the rest of your life with someone, but what about when that dream is crushed by the reality that approximately 50% of marriages fail?

Alec Baldwin Engaged To Yoga Instructor Hilaria Thomas

The star of 30 Rock, Alec Baldwin, is engaged to a yoga instructor by the name of Hilaria Thomas, reports MTV.

This will be of note to many Texans, because Alec Baldwin was previously married to a famous southern girl, Kim Basinger, for more than a decade. They have a daughter named Ireland.

As for Alec Baldwin’s new fiancee, Hilaria Thomas was born in Mallorca, Spain, but has been based in New York for some time reports USA Today.