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,

Create a Fair and Balanced Premarital Agreement

There are many reasons an engaged couple may elect to create a prenuptial agreement. These types of agreements can define many aspects of the relationship and offer more than simply an insurance policy in the event of a divorce. At The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt in Arlington, TX, Donna specializes in family law and can walk you through every stage of the process.  Donna Smiedt and her team can draw up an agreement which protects separate property, defines the financial responsibility of each spouse, and explains how to distribute property in the event of death. For many couples, a premarital agreement allows them to enter into their marriage with a feeling of security and assurance. If you are interested in creating a prenuptial agreement, contact our office online or call us at (817) 572-9900 today.

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A prenuptial agreement can give both partners a sense of security and peace of mind.

What Is a Prenuptial Agreement?

Sometimes referred to as a prenup, a prenuptial agreement is a written contract created before marriage. Typically, these documents contain a list of all the property each individual owns and their rights in the event that the marriage is ended. While premarital agreements are most commonly associated with wealthy couples who wish to protect their assets, these documents serve a variety of functions. 

When to Use a Prenup

Texas follows a community property law, meaning anything you or your spouse acquires during the marriage is considered communal. A prenuptial agreement can protect certain assets which would otherwise be considered community property and governed by marital property laws. There are many reasons to use a premarital agreement, such as to:

  • Protect one party from the debts of the other
  • Determine how property is distributed after death
  • Maintain specific assets as separate property, such as a family business 
  • Simplify property division in the case of a divorce

In a prenuptial agreement, you can also clarify the financial responsibilities of each party throughout the course of a marriage. For example, some couples agree before marriage that one spouse will quit their job to look after the children. In the premarital agreement, they can include clauses which protect the financial security of that spouse throughout the marriage. Our team can help you and your spouse discuss the terms of your prenup in a fair, balanced, and healthy manner so you can draft a mutually beneficial agreement.

Limits of a Premarital Agreement

Under the Texas Family Code, there are certain limitations in place for prenups. Your agreement cannot:

  • Waive a future spouse’s right to benefits
  • Convert separate property to community property
  • Contain provisions which violate public policy
  • Limit child support

A judge may disregard your prenuptial agreement if it contains any of these clauses or they believe it is unconscionable. In addition, both parties must sign the agreement voluntarily for the document to stand in court. 

How Our Team Can Help

Deciding to create a prenuptial agreement is often a difficult decision and should not be entered into lightly. For most couples, the time leading up to their wedding is an exciting and joyful time and you may worry that asking for a premarital agreement will negatively affect your relationship.

Donna believes that, with her help, drafting a prenuptial agreement can strengthen your relationship and build a strong base for a lasting marriage. 

Our team at The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt understands the stresses associated with prenups and can walk you through the process. She believes that, with her help, drafting a prenuptial agreement can strengthen your relationship and help you and your future spouse build a strong base for a lasting marriage. She provides premarital mediation services to help you do so. In addition, she can review a prenuptial agreement drafted by another attorney to ensure the document protects your best interests.

Get Started Today

If you are considering a prenup, contact our office online or call (817) 572-9900 to speak with a member of our team today. Our office can also help with post-marital agreements for married couples who wish to rework existing conditions or draft a new document. 

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