Premarital Agreements Attorney in Lynchburg, VA Prepares Enforceable Contracts
Virginia law firm helps clients safeguard their assets if a marriage ends in divorce
Nobody enters a marriage expecting it to end, but statistics show that divorce is a very real possibility. For this reason, many people choose to put premarital agreements in place to protect certain assets in the event the marriage dissolves. At The Bice Law Group, I prepare prenuptial and postnuptial agreements that stand up to legal challenges. With more than 35 years of experience as a family law attorney in Lynchburg, Virginia, you can count on me for sound and sensitive legal guidance.
What are the pros and cons of a marital agreement?
Marital agreements can be beneficial to both parties. When prepared correctly, they clearly delineate ownership of property, which can reduce contentious disputes over asset division in a divorce. Other ways that you can benefit from a prenuptial agreement include:
- They can state definitively which assets are not part of the marital estate
- They can safeguard spouses from their partner’s debts
- They can address whether post-divorce spousal support will be paid
Some prospective spouses focus on potential negative aspects of premarital agreements, such as the awkward nature of conversations about divorce and property. You or your partner might also be concerned that the agreement will work against your interests. I understand these concerns and promote honest, respectful dialogue that leads to an agreement that makes both parties comfortable.
What issues can be addressed in a marital agreement?
Marital agreements can address a variety of issues along with standard property division and spousal support terms. They might discuss the inheritance rights of children from previous marriages. You might choose to contemplate provisions for future gifts or inheritances that you expect to receive. When I meet with you and learn about your assets and goals, I can help you consider what language to include in your agreement.
What should be included in a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement?
Prenuptial agreements are entered into before marriage. Postnuptial agreements are entered into during marriage. Every agreement is different. Some may be short and simple if they are being created for a single asset or property. Others may be long and complex, delineating all significant assets and debts of both parties. You might want your agreement to discuss business ownership interests, real estate properties, bank accounts, motor vehicles, jewelry, mortgage obligations and other debts. My law firm drafts clear, detailed agreements for every circumstance.
Contesting the validity of a pre or postnuptial agreement in Virginia divorce
The validity of a marital agreement is often contested during a contentious divorce. Arguments for contesting an agreement include that they are procedurally invalid because they weren’t witnessed or notarized. The contesting spouse might claim that they were forced into signing it or were prevented from getting legal advice about the document. As a Lynchburg divorce attorney with extensive experience preparing marital agreements, you can rely on me to consider all the legal challenges that could arise and to draw up a contract that meets all relevant legal standards.
Contact a conscientious family law attorney for help with your marital agreement
At The Bice Law Group in Lynchburg, I put my decades of experience to work in preparing sound prenuptial and postnuptial agreements for Virginia clients. To schedule a free consultation, call my firm at (434) 528-1500 or contact me online.