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Preparing and Defending Prenuptial Agreements in Virginia

Serving Clients Throughout Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Whether you are entering or exiting a marriage, a prenuptial agreement can help you protect your assets. At the McDevitt Law Office in Fairfax County, Virginia, I have been helping draft and enforce prenuptial agreements for more than a decade. I am family law attorney Lisa Lane McDevitt.

As an experienced lawyer, I have handled a variety of cases involving prenuptial agreements, including high-net-worth divorce cases. With strong dispute resolution skills, I can help you and your spouse settle your differences about a prenuptial agreement out of court or represent your interest in court should we fail to reach an out-of-court settlement.

Whether I am preparing or defending a prenuptial agreement, I insist on full financial disclosure from both parties. The whole point of the agreement is to put everything on the table and set expectations.

In handling prenuptial agreements cases, I examine:

  • Assets
  • Liabilities
  • Income
  • Expectations of inheritances
  • Pre-marital debts
  • Appreciation, gains and dividends of property

If you or your spouse is starting a business, it is paramount that the prenuptial agreement includes expectations for its value and earnings in the future.

Full-Service Family Law Firm

Because my firm serves clients in all areas of family law, I have accumulated comprehensive knowledge that is an advantage in the preparation and enforcement of prenuptial agreements.

If you decide to pursue premarital mediation to create your prenuptial agreement, I will provide sound legal advice and help prepare you for the process.

I have experience with the complexities of property division during divorce, and I can explain how prenuptial agreements are enforced. Even though Virginia is an equitable distribution state, (meaning all marital property will be divided in a manner the court believes is fair when you divorce), a prenuptial agreement will still be enforceable under Virginia’s Uniform Premarital Agreement Act provisions. While Virginia law governs the new wealth you build together during marriage, the assets specified in your prenuptial agreement will not be divided.

Because I have handled many cases involving remarriage, I can make sure your prenuptial agreement will address your concerns about providing for your family. You may wish to have your ex-spouse and/or children from a previous marriage be the beneficiaries of your estate, rather than your new spouse. Or you may wish to have the estate divided equally between them.

Whatever questions or concerns you may have about prenuptial agreements, you can rely on me to provide clear answers and advice. I will educate you about the process, and I will be accessible and responsive when you have concerns.

Contact me at my Vienna, Virginia office today.