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Premarital "Prenup" Agreements

Premarital (prenup) agreements in Alexandria

Prenups are more common than you think. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be famous or wealthy to need a premarital agreement.

Premarital or “Prenup” Agreements

A prenup protects the premarital assets of one, or both parties and allows a couple to contemplate the division of their assets prior to the marriage. It is something that all couples should consider.

The peace of mind from a prenup makes planning a future together less daunting.  Planning ahead can have significant impact. A premarital agreement allows the couple to consider these issues in a calm and clear-headed way, instead of the angry and emotional decisions made during divorce.

Virginia Prenuptial Laws

The parameters of prenups are outlined in Virginia Code Section 20-150. According to this law, couples can determine things like:

  • The disposition of property
  • Making a will or trust to carry out the terms of the prenup
  • Each party’s right to buy, sell, or lease property
  • How to handle life insurance policies in the event of divorce
  • Spousal support
  • Any other personal rights and obligations, so long as they are legal and not contrary to public policy

Who Needs a Premarital Agreement?

Typically, when people thing about prenuptial agreements, they immediately think about rich and famous Hollywood couples. Quite the contrary, many couples benefit from prenuptial agreements. 

Some of the most common reasons for prenups include:

  • Marriages where the parties are older and have significant assets that they want to keep separate
  • Marriages in which the parties are federal employees and could have a pension in the future
  • Marriages in which one party wishes to limit or eliminate the possibility of spousal support
  • Marriages in which one party has acquired wealth through an actively managed business or investment portfolio and wants to maintain this wealth as separate property
  • Marriages in which the parties want to clarify which assets will be marital property and which will remail separate property.

Every couple should at least consider a prenuptial agreement. Divorce is an extremely unpleasant and emotional experience. It can also be expensive and (sometimes) unfair. A premarital agreement serves to protect the rights and property of both parties and create a foundation of fairness in the event of divorce.


An experienced premarital agreement lawyer in Alexandria Virginia can help draft an agreement to protect your property and rights in the event of a divorce. An attorney can also advise you whether to sign a prenup presented by your prospective spouse. To learn more about premarital agreements and how they can benefit you.

For more information call King, Campbell, Poretz, and Mitchell at (703) 468-8557.



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