Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial Agreements

Before getting married, many couples opt to put together a prenuptial agreement. Premarital agreements help determine in advance division of property, spousal support and other important issues in the event of death of one of the spouses or if the marriage should end in divorce. Such agreements can provide added certainty and peace of mind for marrying couples and help save time and money later on in the event of a worst case scenario.

At Law Offices of Tina Sharma, we have several years of experience with prenuptial agreements, divorce and other family law issues in Washington, D.C. and surrounding communities. We have in-depth knowledge of the issues that should be addressed in a premarital agreement, and we work closely with our clients to craft a document that is enforceable and fully protects your interests. We understand that each circumstance is unique, and we take the time to thoroughly assess your needs and craft an agreement that effectively accomplishes your goals.

Common Issues to Address in Prenuptial Agreements

A premarital agreement can address most of the potentially contentious issues that may arise in a divorce. One notable exception is child support. Child support is viewed by the court as an important right that cannot be taken away by a prenuptial agreement.

Issues that can be addressed in a prenup include:

  • The amount of spousal support that will be paid;
  • What constitutes marital and non-marital property for property division;
  • Beneficiaries of death benefits from a life insurance policy;
  • The creation of a will or trust to carry out the provisions of the agreement;
  • Other issues that are not in violation of criminal law or public policy.

Prenuptial agreements are sometimes challenged during a divorce. Reasons for challenging a prenup may include:

  • The agreement was poorly drafted and/or not properly signed by both parties;
  • The agreement was signed under coercion, duress or without proper mental capacity;
  • One or both parties failed to disclose all their income or assets prior to signing the agreement;
  • One of the parties did not have an attorney review the agreement before signing;
  • The agreement is not reasonable and unfairly favors one party over the other.

If you need help drafting an enforceable prenuptial agreement, or if you need to review a drafted agreement or challenge an existing one, you need strong legal counsel with extensive experience in this area of the law. At Law Offices of Tina Sharma, we provide skilled assistance with all matters related to prenuptial agreements. Contact our office today at (202) 329-6556 for a personalized consultation.

Law Offices of Tina Sharma provides experienced guidance with prenuptial agreements in the Washington, D.C. metro area, Virginia and Maryland; including the communities of Rockville, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, College Park, Germantown, Frederick, Hyattsville, Bowie, Annapolis, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.