Why Do I Need a Pre-Marital Agreement?

Once upon a time, the mere mention of the term “pre-marital agreement” typically sent a prospective bride (or groom) running in the opposite direction from the alter. The reason for this was found in the negative perception most people used to have with regard to the reason why a pre-marital agreement might be needed. In recent decades, however, the negative connotation once associated with a pre-marital agreement has all but disappeared, leading to increased use by couples planning to marry. If you are planning to be married in the near future you may be wondering why you would need a pre-marital agreement. A pre-marital agreement is an agreement between prospective spouses made in contemplation of marriage and to be effective on marriage. In the State of Texas, the Uniform Pre-Marital Agreement Act, or UPAA, governs the creation and enforcement of pre-marital agreements. According to UPAA, a pre-marital agreement may cover: · the rights and obligations of each of the parties in


How Does the Judge Decide Custody Issues in Texas?

When the parents of a minor child decide to end their marriage, or were never married at all, custody and visitation arrangements for the child must be made. Ideally, the parents are able to reach an agreement outside of the court, thereby avoiding costly and time consuming litigation. If, however, the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the court will have to intervene. If you are concerned that you and your child’s other parent will be unable to reach an agreement without the court’s intervention you undoubtedly want to know how the judge will decide custody issues in Texas. Although every situation is unique, there are some common factors a court will typically consider when making custody decisions in the State of Texas. In the State of Texas, “custody” of a minor child is actually referred to as “conservatorship.” Just as other states recognize two types of custody (physical and legal), Texas also acknowledges the role of “managing” conservator and the role

How Long Will a Divorce Take in Texas?

For most couples, the decision to end a marriage is only made after considerable thought and contemplation. Though it is often heart-wrenching to make the decision to end a marriage, once the decision has been made you will likely want to get the process over with as soon as possible, leading to the obvious question, “How long does the divorce process take in Texas?” Because each divorce includes a unique set of facts, circumstances, and contested issues it is impossible to provide a universally applicable answer to that question; however, a better understanding of the factors that will impact how long the divorce process takes in Texas may give you a better idea how long your divorce is likely to take. · Notice – once you have initiated the divorce process by filing a Petition for Divorce you must serve your spouse with the Petition and a Summons which collectively serve to put your spouse on notice that the divorce has been filed. If you cannot locate your spouse, or he/she l