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In a world in which divorce, remarriage, and blended families are increasingly common, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are practical tools for managing the financial aspects of marriage. At Navarrete & Schwartz, P.C., a well-established family law practice in Midland, our attorneys offer skilled legal assistance to clients throughout West Texas by negotiating, drafting, and reviewing these important documents.

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, while similar in their objectives, are distinguished by their timing; prenuptial agreements are established before marriage, and postnuptial agreements are executed after the wedding. Both, however, serve to set clear expectations and avert potential disputes in the event of a separation or divorce. 

At Navarrete & Schwartz, we carefully craft these documents to detail the way the two parties agree to handle their assets and responsibilities. We pride ourselves on our ability to ensure that each agreement reflects the wishes and needs of both parties.

Issues Addressed by Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements 

These legal documents cover the following broad range of financial and personal considerations critical to the security and clarity of marital relationships:

Premarital Assets

Premarital assets, i.e. property, personal belongings, and investment portfolios brought into the marriage by each individual, are identified. This protects them from being subject to division in the event of a divorce.

Premarital Debts

Premarital debts, including student loans, credit card debts, and mortgages, are also identified to avoid surprises. By clarifying whose responsibility these debts are at the start, each party is made aware of their own financial obligations.

Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance (alimony), is another critical aspect covered by prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Defining the duration and amount of support one spouse will be required to provide to the other after a divorce provides predictability and fairness to both parties.

Financial Responsibility

The division of financial responsibilities during the marriage, such as household expenses, savings, and handling of joint accounts, can also be defined in these agreements. This ensures that both parties have a clear understanding of their financial roles in the marriage, reducing the risk of potential conflicts.

Children from Previous Relationships

For spouses with children from previous relationships, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements provide a way to secure the financial future and inheritance rights of those children. These documents can also detail arrangements for educational expenses and other support, ensuring that children’s needs will be met regardless of whether the marriage endures.

Business Earnings

For entrepreneurs or business owners, the agreements outline how business earnings and assets acquired before or during the marriage will be treated. This is crucial for protecting the business and ensuring its continuity beyond the confines of personal relationships.

Retirement Accounts

Retirement accounts and pension plans are significant assets. Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements can state in detail how these resources will be divided, safeguarding each party’s future financial security.

How Navarrete & Schwartz Facilitate Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Navarrete & Schwartz, P.C. is committed to making the process of establishing prenuptial and postnuptial agreements as seamless and stress-free as possible. Our prenuptial and postnuptial agreement attorneys have the in-depth knowledge of the the law and the insight borne of extensive experience to deal with these documents matter-of-factly. We understand that contemplating divorce, even in the abstract, can be painful, and are sensitive to individual needs as we help couples make the necessary decisions. 

Efficient Drafting and Negotiations

Our legal team is diplomatic in negotiating the terms of these agreements and efficient in drafting them. We start by listening carefully to our clients’ individual situations, goals, and concerns so that we can provide the robust legal protection each requires. Having handled such matters amicably for many years, we know precisely how to balance practical necessities and emotional concerns.

Steps of the Process

Because the family lawyers of Navarrete & Schwartz are fully aware of the sensitive nature of these discussions, we set a clear, patient, and constructive tone during our consultation with the couple. We make sure to:

  • Offer clear explanations of legal terms
  • Explain implications of clauses that may appear ambiguous
  • Allow each partner time to express needs and concerns
  • Make certain that each feels heard and taken seriously 

To make the process as comfortable as possible, we offer flexible scheduling options and a calm, relaxed environment..

Contact Our Midland & Odessa Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreement Specialists Today

Planning for eventualities with an experienced family law attorney can be easier than you anticipate. At Navarrete & Schwartz, our legal team is well-prepared to treat you both with respect and consideration, knowing that you are planning for a future you do not expect nor desire. Like purchasing insurance, the steps you’re taking now are simply a means of providing a cushion if things do not go as expected. Contact us now so we can make sure that whatever happens you and your children will be treated fairly.