Certain holidays throughout the year tend to yield a higher rate of marriage proposals. Christmas and Valentine’s Day are both busy times for jewelers and those about to pop the big question. For the recently engaged in Texas, divorce is normally a far cry from their mind. But according to the Centers for Disease Control, women may wish to give a little more thought to the potential of divorce.
The CDC reports that marriages in America occur at a rate of 6.8 per 1,000 people. On the other hand, they rate divorce as 3.6 per 1,000. While this does not account for the difference between first, second and even third marriages, it does mean that over half of all marriages are likely to end in divorce. With statistics such as these, prenuptial agreements make a lot of sense, especially for women.
Historically, women entered into marriage at a younger age and likely with less assets. As the common age has now moved to the late 20s, more and more women are well established in their careers and also sometimes bring lucrative assets to a new marriage. Women of community property states in particular might have special interest in a prenuptial that could protect their assets that they may have acquired before the marriage.
Although discussing a prenuptial agreement so close to Valentine’s Day might not be the dinner conversation that most engaged Texas couples were hoping for, it’s an extremely important discussion to have. Statistically, with so many marriages dissolving in divorce, it is important for any woman to pursue a prenuptial, but maybe even more so for women with successful jobs and a significant number of assets. A well-planned prenuptial agreement can help prevent the loss of assets acquired before marriage, and it can keep them separate and safe from the division of community property during a divorce.