Premarital agreement, prenuptial agreement, Dallas County, Collin County, Rockwall CountyPremarital agreements, also known as prenuptial agreements or prenups, are contracts entered into by couples before they get married. These agreements can cover a wide range of issues, including the division of property and assets, spousal support, and even the distribution of debts. In Texas, premarital agreements are governed by the Texas Family Code, and there are specific rules and regulations that must be followed to ensure that the agreement is valid and enforceable.

In this guide, we will provide a comprehensive overview of premarital agreements in Texas, including the key provisions that should be included in the agreement, the requirements for the agreement to be enforceable, and the procedures for resolving disputes related to the agreement.

Key Provisions to Include in a Premarital Agreement

Premarital agreements can cover a wide range of issues, but there are some key provisions that should be included in every agreement to ensure that it is comprehensive and effective. Some of these provisions include:

  • The division of property and assets: Premarital agreements should clearly outline how property and assets will be divided in the event of a divorce or separation. This can include real estate, bank accounts, investments, and any other assets owned by either party.
  • Spousal support: Premarital agreements can also include provisions related to spousal support, including whether it will be awarded and how much will be paid.
  • Debt allocation: Couples can also use premarital agreements to allocate debts, including credit card debt, student loans, and other liabilities.
  • Inheritance: Couples can also use premarital agreements to clarify how inheritance will be distributed in the event of a divorce or separation.
  • Life insurance: Couples can also include provisions related to life insurance policies, including who will be the beneficiary and how much the beneficiary will receive.

Requirements for a Valid and Enforceable Premarital Agreement

To be valid and enforceable, a premarital agreement must meet certain requirements. These requirements include:

  • The agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties.
  • The agreement must be entered into voluntarily and with full disclosure of assets and liabilities.
  • The agreement cannot be unconscionable or against public policy.
  • The agreement must be executed before the parties get married.

Procedures for Resolving Disputes Related to a Premarital Agreement

If a dispute arises related to a premarital agreement, there are several procedures that can be used to resolve the dispute. These procedures include:

  • Mediation: Couples can use mediation to resolve disputes related to a premarital agreement. During mediation, a neutral third party will work with the couple to find a mutually agreeable solution to the dispute.
  • Arbitration: Couples can also use arbitration to resolve disputes related to a premarital agreement. During arbitration, a neutral third party will make a binding decision on the dispute.
  • Court: If mediation or arbitration are unsuccessful, couples can bring the dispute to court, where a judge will make a final decision on the matter.


Premarital agreements can be a valuable tool for couples to establish management and rights with respect to property, as well as define expectations in a relationship. However, as with any contract, it is important to ensure that the terms and provisions of the agreement are carefully considered and drafted to ensure enforceability during the lifespan of the agreement. By following the guidelines outlined in this guide, couples can create a comprehensive and effective premarital agreement that will protect their interests and provide peace of mind for years to come.

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