We are open again for business at the beautiful brick and mortar location! Although we are very conscious of the COVID-19 risks, we understand that people especially need family lawyers at this time. After practicing in the area a family law for 33 years and being board-certified for 28 of those years, I have a keen awareness of how the current situation has deeply affected marriages and children in our community. We stand ready and able to service our ongoing clients in our newly disinfected office wherein we now require that all visitors submit their forehead for a contactless temperature reading to protect our work family and yours. We do require that you wear a mask as prescribed by federal, county and city regulations. When I built my office in 2013 I incurred  the additional monies to ensure that all visitors were safe from the spreading of germs and bacteria by installing high tech visitor restrooms with touchless water, soap and dryers, I had no idea that this would be such an added layer of safety for our clients and employees during this pandemic.  This foresight gives us the ability to provide you with the highest standard of cleanliness and low risk for infection when you visit our beautiful, SPACIOUS office, in person where we can comply with social distancing with no problem whatsoever. We are accepting new clients at this time and have instituted new policies for receiving payments online as well as having our intake forms as easy PDF fillable documents as well as giving you the opportunity to provide us with all of your evidence and other important documentation by sending same via electronic transmission. We have all of our clients’ private and confidential  information saved and protected, while being accessible to the staff through our extremely secure Cloud Client Platform and Portal hosted by legal industry giant, ThomsenReuters. For this reason, during the stay at home sheltering orders we were one of the few law firms in the county to already have transitioned to a virtual Law Firm. This permitted our brilliant and innovative family law attorneys to continue to seamlessly provide the very best legal representation to the DFW population which we serve. We are able to represent clients not only in Tarrant County, but all surrounding counties such as Johnson, Dallas, Collin, Kaufman and Parker. 

I have handpicked the most competent, experienced and hard working support staff to flawlessly meet the needs of our clients as a full-service family law firm. We have recently been named as one of the top 20 divorce law firms in Arlington! I have garnered many honors over my many years of practice, including being named as Top Attorney in Fort Worth for over a decade each year and I have twice been selected by my peers as a “Super Lawyer” of Texas, an honor reserved for an extremely small percentage of Texas lawyers. Although I am proud of all of these accolades, this would mean nothing to my clients if I had not concentrated on a mission of using my decades of experience to build my law form into a well organized business utilizing the most cutting edge technological tools to represent my clients in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. This goal has served me well during this ongoing epidemic. My goal is to provide the most excellent t legal services to all of the community at a cost that does not bankrupt a client. 

If you are at high risk to contract Coronavirus or prefer to have all of your contact with our office in virtual form, we are set up on Zoom for immediate consultations for new clients. My Mission Statement has always been: “When It comes to your family and your finances, experience matters!” These words are more true now than ever. During these uncertain times I wanted to reach out to our community and assure your that because of my many years of practice, I had already built in all of the safeguards to enable our brilliant lawyers and awesome paralegals to continue the essential work that they do from home during the height of the pandemic. I wanted to put the word out there that we stand ready and able to meet all of your family law needs, now more than ever. We are also still offering our simple Estate Planning Kit at a greatly reduced price to give back to the community that has been so wonderful and supportive over the last 33 years as I built one of the best family law firms in the State. Prayers to all of you during these frightening times, and please remember that we have the experience and technology to best serve you, our important clients who are the reason for our continued existence and survival.  At the end of the day, no business is more essential than a family law firm with a  dedicated team ready to shepherd you through any crisis that you and your family are experiencing. Please reach out to us if you need help now at ArlingtonDivorces.com or call (817) 572-9900 and Amanda can get you set up to meet with us to give you advice immediately,

Ensure Your Financial Security with a Postnuptial Agreement

For couples who are already married, a postnuptial agreement offers a chance to assess their finances and define the financial rights and responsibilities of each spouse. Contrary to its reputation, signing a postnuptial agreement does not necessarily mean you are considering a divorce. Couples can decide to draft a postmarital agreement for all kinds of reasons, from winning the lottery to outlining how finances will be handled when one spouse dies. At The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt in Arlington, TX, our team can help you decide if a postnuptial agreement is the right decision for you. A family law attorney can also work with you and your spouse to draft a fair and balanced document which holds up in court and protects your best interests. Contact our firm online or call (817) 572-9900 to learn more about drafting a postnuptial agreement.

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If you did not consider it necessary to draft a prenuptial agreement, a postnuptial agreement can achieve many of the same goals. 

What Is a Postnuptial Agreement?

Similar to a prenuptial agreement, a postnuptial agreement, or postnup, is a document defining the couple’s assets and their respective rights in the event of a divorce. While prenups are created before the wedding, postnups allow married couples to perform many of the same functions, including providing for spousal support. For many couples, postnups offer a sense of security within their marriage and an opportunity to openly discuss their finances in a constructive way.

Reasons for Drafting a Postnup

Under Texas law, all property acquired during the marriage is community property and subject to equal distribution after divorce. In a postnup, couples can determine which of their assets they wish to consider communal or separate property. Spouses enter into postnuptial agreements for all types of reasons, such as to:

  • Clearly define each party’s wishes for property purchased during the marriage
  • Ensure children from previous marriages or relationships receive certain assets or receive their inheritance
  • Limit the effects of one spouse’s financial or legal troubles on the other spouse
  • Protect assets against future uncertainty, especially unexpected financial acquisitions, such as lottery winnings or an inheritance
  • Specify which spouse is responsible for marital debts, including mortgages
  • Determine how to divide property and other assets if one spouse dies during the marriage

Often, a postnup is a good choice for couples if one spouse decides to stop working to stay home and care for children. An agreement can ensure they will have the financial resources they need in the event of a divorce. 

Crafting a Valid Agreement

There are several requirements you must meet for your postnup to be valid and enforceable. Our team can walk you through the steps involved and ensure your document is up to Texas standards. For a postnuptial agreement to hold in court, it must be:

  • Written
  • Signed
  • Voluntary
  • Fair
  • Validly executed

Full and fair disclosure is also required for a proper agreement. Each party must fully disclose all of their assets, liabilities, and incomes. If one party provides information which is not accurate or complete, the agreement is not enforceable. In addition, Texas law prohibits marital agreements from limiting the amount of child support one spouse must provide.

How Our Family Law Firm Can Help

Donna J. Smiedt has been practicing law since 1986. As a A Board Certified Family Law Attorney – Texas Board of Legal Specialization, she has an advanced understanding of Texas family law and the requirements of postnuptial agreements. Under her leadership, our team can formulate a fair and balanced agreement which protects all parties.

For many couples, postnups offer a sense of security within their marriage and an opportunity to openly discuss their finances in a constructive way.

At The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt, Donna understands how stressful considering the prospect of divorce can be, even in theory during a postnuptial agreement. However, with her help, she believes this process can strengthen your marriage and provide a sense of lasting security for the future. 

Contact Us Today

If you are considering a postnuptial agreement or your spouse has had one drafted for you, our team can help protect the best interests of your family. For more information, contact our firm online or call (817) 572-9900 to speak to a member of our staff today.

the team at The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt

The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt

The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt is the premier destination for clients who need representation during a divorce, adoption, or other family law matters. Donna J. Smiedt has been in practice since 1986 and is a Board Certified Family Law Attorney – Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Her other professional affiliations include:

  • Texas Bar College
  • Arlington Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists

To schedule a consultation at our Arlington, TX, law firm, contact us online or call (817) 572-9900.

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