As the old idiom goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Pre-marital agreements in Northern Virginia, also called a pre-nuptial agreements or “pre-nups”, are not only about protecting yourself, but also about protecting the relationship. Many couples find that having clearly defined rights and responsibilities from the beginning of their relationship help them focus on each other and their marriage and navigate the troubled waters that can sometimes arise in a marriage, especially in the early years. At Beckman Schmalzle Georgelas & Ross PLC we are experienced in drafting these agreements that can help keep a marriage on course and avoid the need for our other services down the road. We also have experience modifying these agreements during the marriage and enforcing them when the need arises. Like all agreements, pre-nups need to be tailored to meet your individual needs and goals and you should avoid “out-of-the-can” or prefabricated agreements.