Attorney Assists with Marital Agreements in the Washington, D.C. Area
Helping you create a prenuptial or postnuptial document
Getting a divorce is hard enough, but if you’re worried about your financial security or engaged in a bitter, expensive dispute over financial terms, the breakup can be even worse. In some situations, people even stay in unhealthy marriages because they’re worried about how the terms of their divorce might affect them and their children going forward. At the Law Offices of Jesse A. Gadson, PLLC in Washington, D.C., I work with couples in both the District and Maryland on developing enforceable prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. With one of these documents, you and your partner can establish a framework for property distribution and spousal support terms in the event that you decide to dissolve your marriage. Even if you never need to use it, a sound premarital agreement can give you the security you deserve.
Elements of a prenuptial agreement
A prenuptial or premarital agreement is a document negotiated by prospective spouses to establish financial arrangements should the marriage end in divorce. It must be entered into freely by both parties and the terms cannot be unconscionable. To be enforceable, the parties must make full disclosure of their relevant finances prior to signing the agreement or execute a legal waiver giving up their right to examine the other’s information. Each situation is unique, but you might wish to include clear definitions on what property is to be considered separate and what will be part of the marital estate in your document. You can also address terms relating to property distribution and alimony. However, child support and custody terms are always based on the circumstances at the time of the divorce, and these matters cannot be resolved through a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement.
Addressing alimony in a premarital agreement
Alimony can be a highly contentious subject in a divorce where one party earns all or most of the household’s outside income. By including language on spousal support in a premarital agreement, you can avoid costly, contentious battles if the marriage does not work out. You can rely on me for honest guidance on the factors that go into alimony determinations in order to reach a resolution about whether one ex-spouse should send payments to the other after the divorce is final.
Postnuptial agreements for married couples who wish to protect themselves
Even after you are married, you and your husband or wife can create a document that will protect your interests and reduce the likelihood of a complicated divorce. Postnuptial agreements are legal in Washington, D.C. and Maryland, and as an experienced family lawyer, I understand how to handle these arrangements with skill and sensitivity. When handled correctly, discussions related to a postnuptial agreement can be a healthy way for couples to communicate honestly about their expectations and install a contingency plan in case they decide to go their separate ways at some point.
Modification of existing premarital agreements
A sudden change in a couple’s relationship or finances might prompt one or both parties to modify a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. This is legal, but the same rules apply to the revision, so it must be fair and entered into voluntarily on both sides. If you believe that an existing marital agreement requires changes, I can advise you about the steps you need to take.
Contact a knowledgeable DC Metro attorney to discuss a prenuptial agreement
The Law Offices of Jesse A. Gadson, PLLC in Washington, D.C. negotiates and prepares prenuptial agreements for clients in the District and Maryland. Please call 202-972-1343 or contact me online for a consultation.