Although everyone enters into marriage with the intention of forever, unfortunately statistics show that those intentions do not always work out, either due to divorce or death of a spouse. If you are bringing significant assets into a marriage, or if you have children from a prior marriage, you may wish to consider ways to protect those interests before you get married. Protective agreements also can be established during a marriage.
We offer clients throughout Northern Virginia, including military members intending to marry citizens of foreign nations, strategic legal advice regarding marital agreements.
A prenuptial agreement is a binding and legally enforceable contract two individuals can establish prior to their marriage to protect property and finances during and following the union. An effective prenuptial agreement can avoid costly litigation over asset division if the marriage ends. In some situations, establishing a trust to further protect assets may be advisable.
A marital agreement also can be established during a marriage even if a prenuptial agreement was not signed — known as a postnuptial agreement. This type of contract can address potential property division and support issues in the event the marriage ends. It also can address the division of assets acquired during the course of the marriage.
At Arquilla & Poe, PLC, our team of family law lawyers will help you decide if a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement is beneficial in your situation. If so, we can assist in drafting a legally enforceable agreement.
Or, if you have been presented with a proposed agreement drafted by another attorney, we will review it to ensure it is fair and advantageous before you sign.
To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys, complete our online form, call 703-719-9292, or call toll free at 800-220-8838. Our law office is conveniently located at the intersection of Franconia Road and Beulah Street, Alexandria, Fairfax County, with free parking. We are open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. We offer evening or weekend appointments upon request. We accept Visa and MasterCard.
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