Prenuptial agreements are a contract between two people entered into prior to the marriage. This agreement is most often associated with the division of property during a divorce. It may declare that certain real estate retains a separate property status or that a spouse is entitled to a certain percentage of income as alimony.
Although a lot of the focus is on property and money, this isn’t the only type of clause that can be included in a premarital agreement. In fact, the use of lifestyle clauses is becoming more and more common in these types of marital contracts.
What is a lifestyle clause?
As phrased by Jeff Landers with Forbes, “lifestyle clauses are guidelines for behavior within a marriage.” These clauses are used to set expectations regarding non-financial aspects in a marriage. The most popular of these shared in news stories is an infidelity clause, but the truth is that they can cover much more than moral sins.
A lifestyle clause may set expectations about which spouse does the laundry or mows the lawn. A spouse that absolutely doesn’t want to give up traveling may include a clause that requires one foreign vacation per year. A spouse that isn’t fond of the other’s in-laws might set a limit on the number of holidays that are spent with that family.
What would be included in your Texas prenuptial agreement? Those that want to discuss the possibilities that this type of document has to offer can and should consult with a Dallas family law attorney.
Source: Forbes, “Can A Prenup Or A Postnup With An Infidelity Clause Deter A Husband From Cheating?” Jeff Landers, March 13, 2014