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Marital Agreements

Marital agreements are invaluable tools that provide couples with clarity, protection, and peace of mind regarding their financial rights and obligations. Whether you’re planning to marry, already married, or living together, understanding the different types of marital agreements available can help you navigate your relationship with confidence. In this section, we’ll explore the common types of marital agreements in Texas, including prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, partition and exchange agreements, cohabitation agreements, and marital property agreements. Our experienced family law attorneys are here to provide expert guidance and assistance in drafting, reviewing, and enforcing marital agreements tailored to your unique circumstances. With Lovein Ribman by your side, you can rest assured that your rights and assets are protected.


Marital agreements are legal documents that couples in Texas can use to outline their rights and obligations regarding property, finances, and other matters before or during marriage. At Lovein Ribman, we understand the importance of marital agreements in protecting our clients’ interests and providing clarity in their relationships. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the common types of marital agreements in Texas:


  • A prenuptial agreement is a contract entered into by couples before marriage, outlining the division of property, spousal support, and other financial matters in the event of divorce or death.
  • Prenups can address various issues, including the classification of property as separate or community, the division of assets and debts, and the waiver of spousal support rights.
  • Prenuptial agreements are especially common for couples with significant assets, children from previous marriages, or business interests they wish to protect.


  • A postnuptial agreement is similar to a prenuptial agreement but is entered into after marriage.
  • Couples may choose to create a postnup to address changes in their financial circumstances, clarify property rights, or resolve disputes that arise during marriage.
  • Postnuptial agreements can address the same issues as prenups, including property division, spousal support, and financial responsibilities.


  • A partition and exchange agreement is a marital agreement that allows couples to change the character of their property from community to separate or vice versa.
  • Couples may use a partition and exchange agreement to reclassify property acquired during the marriage as separate property of one spouse or to convert separate property into community property.


  • A cohabitation agreement is a contract entered into by unmarried couples who live together or plan to live together.
  • Cohabitation agreements can address issues such as property rights, financial support, and the division of assets in the event of a breakup or death.
  • While cohabitation agreements are not legally recognized in the same way as prenuptial or postnuptial agreements, they can still provide valuable protection for unmarried couples.


  • A marital property agreement is a broad term that encompasses prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements, partition and exchange agreements, and other marital contracts.
  • These agreements allow couples to customize their rights and responsibilities regarding property, finances, and other matters according to their unique circumstances and preferences.

Marital agreements play a crucial role in protecting couples’ rights and assets in Texas. Whether you’re planning to marry, already married, or living together, Lovein Ribman is here to provide expert guidance and assistance in drafting, reviewing, and enforcing marital agreements tailored to your needs. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you protect your interests through marital agreements.


In Texas, marital agreements are legally binding contracts that are generally upheld by courts if certain criteria are met. However, there are factors that can render an agreement unenforceable or invalidate certain provisions. Here are the key factors that can affect the enforceability of a marital agreement:


  • For a marital agreement to be enforceable, both parties must enter into it voluntarily and with full understanding of its terms.
  • Any evidence of coercion, duress, or lack of mental capacity at the time of signing can invalidate the agreement.


  • Both parties must provide full and accurate disclosure of their assets, liabilities, and financial circumstances when entering into a marital agreement.
  • Failure to disclose material information or assets can undermine the validity of the agreement, particularly if one spouse later claims they were unaware of the other’s true financial situation.


  • A marital agreement must be fair and reasonable at the time of execution.
  • Courts may scrutinize agreements that disproportionately favor one spouse over the other, especially if the disadvantaged spouse did not have independent legal representation or was not given adequate time to review the terms.


  • Marital agreements must comply with certain formalities to be enforceable, such as being in writing, signed by both parties, and notarized or witnessed as required by law.
  • Failure to meet these formalities can render the agreement unenforceable.


  • Courts will not enforce provisions of a marital agreement that violate public policy or statutory law.
  • For example, agreements that attempt to waive child support obligations or limit child custody rights may be deemed unenforceable.


  • If a marital agreement is so one-sided or unfairly burdensome to one party that it shocks the conscience of the court, it may be deemed unconscionable and unenforceable.
  • Factors such as significant disparities in wealth or bargaining power between the spouses may contribute to a finding of unconscionability.


  • Substantial changes in circumstances, such as the birth of children, significant increases or decreases in income, or unexpected events, can affect the enforceability of a marital agreement.
  • Courts may refuse to enforce provisions that are no longer equitable due to changed circumstances.


  • Each spouse should have the opportunity to consult with independent legal counsel before signing a marital agreement.
  • Lack of legal representation, especially if one spouse pressured the other into signing without the benefit of legal advice, can raise questions about the agreement’s validity.

While marital agreements can provide valuable protection and clarity for couples, ensuring their enforceability requires careful attention to legal requirements and fairness. Lovein Ribman’s experienced family law attorneys can help you navigate the complexities of drafting, reviewing, and enforcing marital agreements to protect your rights and interests effectively. Contact us today for expert guidance tailored to your specific circumstances.

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