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,

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Prenup Lawyer

If you don't have a prenuptial agreement, you could lose real estate, retirement savings, and other assets when your marriage ends.

Prenups help spouses divide assets and debts in the event of a divorce. The agreement can also address other financial issues.

A prenup lawyer from The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt in Arlington, TX, can help you and your spouse draft a prenuptial agreement.

Our lawyers serve clients in Arlington, Southlake, Westover Hills, and the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.

What Is a Prenuptial Agreement?

A prenup is a legally binding contract that two people agree to prior to their 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.

The Texas Family Code abides by the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act (UPAA). This means that Texas family courts will recognize prenuptial agreements that were validly entered in another state.

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"I have known Donna since 2006 and am beyond grateful to have had her on my side. She is considerate, confident, and truly a loving person. My journey with her has led her to become a genuine friend of mine and I would highly recommend her to anyone! She will listen to your needs and pour her heart into being an advocate for you. She is unlike any other lawyer and will be real with you and take care of business. She excels at what she does and has a passion for winning for all of her clients. She will listen to you and make it her mission to help you throughout your difficult times. Additionally, her staff is very welcoming and helpful. As a person who has gone through two divorces, I would not trust any other lawyer than Donna. Her name, experience, and years in the business tells you all that you need to know." Tony Hamud, 2021

What to Include
in a Prenup

The State of Texas allows prenuptial agreements to include the following:

Each prenuptial agreement is different. It is crucial to have legal counsel review your needs while drafting a prenup to ensure the language is accurate and serves your best interests.

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The Limits of
Prenuptial Agreements

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Prenups cannot contain language that determines child custody or places limits on child support. In addition, prenups cannot dictate personal or social behaviors, such as household chores, child rearing preferences, or conduct with in-laws and other relatives. Your prenup cannot contain any provisions that violate public policy.

Speak with an Attorney About Prenups Contact The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt

A divorce can be contentious and difficult, especially when there is no prenuptial agreement in place. That's why many people in Arlington, Southlake, and Westover Hills, TX, come to our law office for advice. Attorneys Donna J. Smiedt and Desaray R. Muma can help you and your spouse write your prenup, taking everyone's best interests into account.

In addition to prenups, our lawyers help clients through other family law issues, including child custody, visitation rights, and Child Protective Services (CPS) investigations. Our team will give you focus and peace of mind so you can approach any challenges feeling fully informed.

If you need help with a prenuptial agreement, contact our law firm online. You can also reach our family law office in Arlington by phone.

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Property division during a divorce can be complicated, especially when couples have a high net worth, or when separate property comingles over time and becomes marital property. The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt has helped clients throughout Texas draft sound prenups that specify their financial obligations.

Why You Need a Prenup Lawyer

Professional Assessment of Your Needs

An attorney can help you and your spouse see the big picture. Sometimes a third party is necessary for this wider point of view. A lawyer can go over your current assets and debts, and have you both think about your financial needs in the future.

Knowledge of the Texas Family Code

Marriage and divorce laws can be confusing for the average person. An attorney who's familiar with family law knows the nuances of the Texas Family Code and can help you understand the do's and don'ts of prenups.

Avoid Costly Mistakes

A prenuptial agreement is only enforceable if it's properly worded and filed. Prenuptial agreement lawyers can check the stipulations and language. They'll make sure the document is in good shape before it's finalized.

Reduce Stress and Personal Disputes

Even loving spouses can find the prenup process tense. Minor disagreements can lead to heated arguments. Having a prenuptial agreement attorney on your side can prevent your emotions from getting in the way and keep the process professional.

Draft Your Prenup
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Contact The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt

Even if a divorce doesn't seem like a possibility right now, a prenup can give you and your spouse peace of mind in case situations change. Our law office serving Arlington, Southlake, and Westover Hills, TX, can also help with child custody disputes and issues related to child support and alimony. To discuss prenuptial agreements with our family law attorneys, request a consultation online. You can also reach The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt by phone.

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Prenup Disputes and Mediation

Prenuptial agreements are supposed to provide couples with structure in case their marriage does not work out. Yet the process of drafting a prenup can be stressful, putting unintentional strain on even good relationships. This is particularly true when it comes to rights regarding spousal support, and if discussions turn to topics outside the bounds of a prenuptial agreement, such as child custody and visitation rights.

The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt can help couples talk through their needs using prenuptial mediation. This process involves us serving as a neutral third party that helps foster a civil and productive discussion. This frequently reduces premarital quarrels, and allows each person to feel heard.

Our attorneys have helped many couples in the Arlington area work through their pre-marriage differences. We've handled different family law matters over the years and will bring our first-hand knowledge of conflict resolution to your situation. Our goal is to help craft mutually beneficial arrangements.

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Changing a Prenup
During Marriage

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You can amend or nullify a prenuptial agreement after you and your spouse are married. Both you and your spouse have to agree to the modifications, and a new agreement must be made in writing and signed by both parties. Our law office can help couples in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area who need to alter or revoke their existing prenup.

Is My Prenuptial Agreement Invalid?

Certain factors could invalidate your prenuptial agreements. It's important that you have a lawyer to guide you through the process so you don't accidentally render your prenup null and void.
 

Factors that may invalidate your prenup:

  • The agreement is not in writing
  • A spouse hides or undervalues assets
  • A spouse was forced/coerced into signing the prenup
  • A spouse was deceived when signing the prenup
  • Mistakes were made in filing the prenup
  • The terms of the prenup are unfair or unconscionable

If you believe any of the above factors apply to your situation, we encourage you to contact our divorce lawyers for a consultation. Our Arlington-based legal team can explain how a voided prenup will affect your divorce proceedings, and what it may mean for you and your spouse financially.

What About Postnups?

In addition to prenuptial agreements, Texas law also recognizes postnuptial agreements. Drafted after spouses are married, a postnup helps determine the financial rights and responsibilities of each spouse in case of divorce. Postnups are useful when a spouse wants to claim specific assets or debts acquired during marriage as separate property rather than marital property.

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By Hiring Donna."

"Do you recommend Donna Smiedt?" OF COURSE I DO. She is one of the smartest lawyers I've ever known and she uses all of that intelligence to help her clients, first and foremost. That's what I call Relevant Competence - talent that matters because it is used to help real people with real challenges. She knows how to get people "across the finish line." And, she is highly regarded in the world of law and the courts. That's critical. You can't go wrong by hiring Donna Smiedt. Noel Cookman, 2020
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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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