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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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And, according to reports, Heather Mills says she offered to sign a prenuptual agreement before she married Sir Paul in 2002.
Catherine Zeta-Jones signed a prenuptual agreement with Michael Douglas; Sir Paul McCartney did not sign an agreement with his wife Heather Mills McCartney; Mick Jagger's lawyers argued that his marriage to Jerry Hall was never legal
In the complex case studies analyzed by Anna Maria Lazzeri, Silvana Seidel Menchi, and Lucia Ferrante, marital prenuptual agreements based on reciprocal consensus and often sealed by consummation acquired the same validity as a formal marriage promise.