Houston Family Law Attorney Susan Compton Kherkher dispels the myths surrounding whether or not it’s a good idea to have a prenuptial agreement in marriage. Many of the most common myths about prenuptial agreements simply don’t hold up to be true.
There are a lot of people that seem to think having a prenuptial or post nuptial agreement is not necessary in spite of the potentially severe consequences in some cases. Houston Divorce and Family Law Attorney Susan Compton Kherkher helps to dispel the myths and lay down some solid groundwork for why everyone should have one of these agreements in place. Whether a person is getting married for the first time or they are on their second, third or fourth marriage, it’s very important to have a prenuptial agreement in place, especially when children are involved. According to Kherkher, “Having a prenuptial agreement in place is just good common sense, regardless of your situation or circumstances.”
Some of the most common myths about Prenuptial Agreements include:
Myth #1: Prenuptial agreements “doom” the marriage.
In reality, having a prenuptial agreement in place prior to marriage actually enhances the marriage in most cases. It’s like premarital counseling in the sense that is helps both parties to plan ahead for future potential events or outcomes, good and bad and is paramount to having realistic expectations should a marriage eventually end in divorce.
Myth #2: Prenuptial agreements are unnecessary unless the relationship ends.
Prenuptial agreements can be invaluable in the event of an unexpected death or simply used for future estate planning. When children are involved, especially from two different prior marriages, a prenuptial agreement also provides for and protects all the children.
Myth #3: Prenuptial agreements are only for wealthy people.
Prenuptial agreements are important for everyone. When the high cost of divorce is coupled with the stress involved and how common it is these days for a relationship to end sooner than anticipated, the benefits of a prenuptial agreement can be helpful for anybody.
Myth #4: Only the person who works outside the home needs a prenuptial agreement.
Prenuptial agreements can and should protect both parties involved in a marriage equally. If only one person works and the other takes care of the home and children for example, that person should be compensated fairly for all they contributed to the marriage and sacrificed for not pursuing their own career.
Myth #5: Prenuptial agreements may not be honored by a judge.
If a prenuptial agreement is properly prepared by a qualified attorney it will most likely be fully honored by the courts or any judge handling a divorce case.
Myth #6: Having a prenuptial agreement is too costly.
People will spend huge amounts of money on a wedding, but are simply foolish not to spend a small fraction more prior to the wedding to ensure that in the event of a future divorce their assets will be equitably distributed. It could cost so much more in the long run without an agreement in place.
Although Kherkher strongly encourages her clients to exhaust every remedy possible to preserve a marriage and believes the mediation process is productive, with over 25 years of hands-on experience handling many types of divorce and family law issues, she is well versed in helping those who find themselves going through a divorce to manage the process effectively and efficiently.
The Kherkher Law Firm is conveniently located in the downtown Houston, Texas area and is located at 712 Main Street, Suite 2450, Houston, TX 77002.
For further information or to schedule a consultation, contact Susan Compton Kherkher by phone at (713) 223-8700, email her at Susan@KherkherLawFirm.com. Or, visit the website at: http://kherkherlawfirm.com/ .