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Prenuptial and Separation Agreements Attorney in Annapolis

Parties often try to reach a written agreement on how to divide marital property instead of allowing the court to divide it. Doing so has many advantages. It allows the parties to avoid the risk that the court will divide the property in a way that the parties do not want. It also allows the parties to save the time and expense associated with litigating their property dispute all the way to trial.

Two types of marital agreements exist.

  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Separation agreements

Such agreements are similar in purpose because both strive to minimize the necessity for court involvement in order to resolve any divorce case and any dispute related to alimony and marital property division. Prenuptial and separation agreements tend to be long and legally technical documents because they contain a lot of detail and standard language that may be needed to cover any uncertainty.

Do not try to represent yourself.

In any case in which you are negotiating or drafting a written agreement, a party that attempts to represent himself or herself without a divorce attorney is taking a huge risk. At best, that party will execute a document that is less useful than otherwise. More likely, that party will execute a document that fundamentally damages their interests. Such agreements are legally technical documents. Drafting and negotiating them requires skill that only an attorney has.

Having an experienced attorney at this stage is extremely important. An attorney will carefully negotiate the terms of the agreement with your interests in mind so that the final agreement protects you, your property, and your future.

Hire a skilled and aggressive attorney.

Patrick is not like other family law attorneys. Patrick has a boutique legal practice in which he provides high-quality service to a small number of clients. His practice is small, and that is how he likes it. He is the only attorney in his office. Having a small practice allows Patrick to provide a highly personalized service in which he gets to know each client and delivers representation that is tailored to achieve that client’s unique goals. He has spent the last 14 years negotiating and drafting various agreements related to divorce and custody disputes. He is aggressive while also being careful to avoid wasteful efforts and strategies that usually serve only to increase the client’s legal fees. Patrick directs his efforts in a focused and intelligent way on things that are most important to the client and that are calculated to bring results. He invites his clients to participate meaningfully in setting the case direction, he is friendly, and he is responsive.

Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial agreements are written agreements that parties who are planning to get married execute. They do so with the realization that a divorce in the future is possible, however unlikely. They wish to avoid the uncertainty associated with the division of marital property by the court in the future. They may also wish to avoid the uncertainty associated with the issue of alimony. Prenuptial agreements are common and are routinely enforced by the court.

Prenuptial agreements are different than other types of agreements in a fundamental way. In the negotiation of prenuptial agreements, the parties are in a close personal relationship and, therefore, they usually trust one another more than parties in other types of agreements. As a result, they may fail to consider their own best interests as much as they otherwise would. In other words, they are more vulnerable to being taken advantage of. For this reason, in order for the court to consider a prenuptial agreement to be valid, it usually requires the parties to fully disclose their finances to the other during the negotiation of the agreement. In this way, the parties are certain to be fully informed of the rights that they are giving up when they execute the agreement, and the resulting prenuptial agreement becomes less vulnerable to attack in the event of a divorce.

Separation Agreements

A separation agreement is a written agreement that parties execute when they are in the process of separating or divorcing. They do so to avoid the uncertainty associated both with how the court may divide marital property and with how the court may address alimony. Unlike with prenuptial agreements, separation agreements may also address the issues of child custody, child support, and attorney fees. Also unlike prenuptial agreements, the parties to a separation agreement are no longer assumed to trust one another, and, therefore, full disclosure of their finances is no longer required in order for the court to consider the agreement to be valid. The only thing that stops parties from entering into a separation agreement in every divorce case is that parties often cannot agree. If they cannot agree, then a trial will be required.

Prenuptial and separation agreements are complicated.

Prenuptial and separation agreements are complicated. They are legally technical documents that require a substantial amount of legal insight and foresight. In most cases, only an attorney has the necessary skill to effectively negotiate and draft such an agreement.

Contact Patrick Crawford today.

Regardless of how complex your situation may be, Patrick is an experienced Annapolis Separation Agreements Lawyer ready and eager to provide you with aggressive and personalized representation in the negotiation and drafting of your prenuptial or separation agreement. He will carefully negotiate the terms of the agreement with your interests in mind so that the final agreement protects you, your property, and your future. Contact him today.

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