prenuptial agreement

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Prenuptial Agreement

A legal and binding agreement that a couple enters prior to their marriage. Prenuptial agreements are commonly associated with the division of assets in the event of a divorce later in life, but they may also include other details such as how assets are distributed in the event of the death of a spouse. Prenuptial agreements are somewhat controversial as some see them as providing an expectation of divorce; they are designed, however, to reduce financial uncertainty in a marriage.

prenuptial agreement

A written agreement by a couple who plan to marry in which financial matters, including rights following divorce or the death of one spouse, are detailed.
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There are marriages with prenuptial contracts so coldly detailed even the justice of the peace blanches.
Then there are pathetic prenuptial contracts between drunken couples: You don't get my fishing pole no matter what happens.
She recommends that the federal government intervenes to coerce couples to write prenuptial contracts and to make divorce laws more consistent across state lines.