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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Essentially, there would be no purpose in drafting an antenuptial agreement if the parties entering into the agreement could not rely on its effectiveness.
Ct.): Antenuptial agreement invalid for lack of adequate consideration and due to duress;
While the statute did not provide general contracting rights, it did permit antenuptial agreements to be enforceable after marriage.
All civil marriages concluded by Africans were automatically out of community of property, while all other civil marriages concluded in the country were (and still are) regarded as being in community of property, except where the parties had concluded an antenuptial contract.
Domestice partnership agreements, also called cohabitation agreements, are similar to premarital (antenuptial) agreements in that they provide for a division of income, expenses, and assets, as well as provisions relating to termination of the relationship.
(151) In comparison, a choice-of-law rule on the validity of marriage that relies on the parties' antenuptial domicile would recognize an immigrant's existing marriage even if such a marriage would not be possible in that state.
In recent decades, family law has become more receptive to antenuptial contracts and to separation agreements.
Antenuptial Agreement: A legal contract signed by two people prior to marriage which states limitations to spouse's rights to property, support, or inheritance if the marriage ends in divorce.
For example, the right to elect might be waived in an antenuptial agreement.
Under Roman-Dutch law, (30) for example, marriage created a community of goods, unless stipulated otherwise in an antenuptial contract.
Younger, Perspectives on Antenuptial Agreements: An Update, 8 J.