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Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements in Texas

Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements include all sorts of things these days, and they certainly are no longer just for the wealthy. Would you agree to get married, if it also meant you agreed to be skinny or to be intimate with your spouse on a certain schedule? Pre-nuptial agreements include all sorts of things these days, and they are super rich. In fact, 73 percent of divorce lawyers surveyed by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer in 2010, report pre-nups are up in the last five years. The same group reports that 51 percent of divorce lawyers surveyed in 2012, said they've seen an increase in post-nuptial agreements over the past three years. Lilly, Newman and Van Ness (LNVN) , a large Houston family law firm, does four times as many pre-nups as they did a decade ago.

Texas divorce: Unpaid child support reaching $11 billion

One of the side effects of the Great Recession is that more and more people are struggling just to get by month to month. Many of those who are struggling are either paying or relying on child support. The assumption is that when a Texas couple gets a divorce, one family is financially split into two. In today's economy, it may feel as if one family is just being split in half.

What Rights Does An Unmarried Father Have In Texas?

If you are male living together with a woman and have a child, what rights do you as an unmarried father have in Texas?  To be succinct, the answer is "NONE", without a court order. Even if the father is designated as such on the birth certificate, the father has no enforceable rights. The child's mother is completely within her legal rights to refuse to allow the father to even see the child, let allow visitation or care. This is also true for the father's entire family, so that any grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, etc., would also be unable to have any access without the mother's express permission. However, even if that permission were to be granted, it can be withdrawn arbitrarily at a moment's notice.

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