prenuptial agreement

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prenuptial agreement (antenuptial agreement)

n. a written contract between two people who are about to marry, setting out the terms of possession of assets, treatment of future earnings, control of the property of each, and potential division if the marriage is later dissolved. These agreements are fairly common if either or both parties have substantial assets, children from a prior marriage, potential inheritances, high incomes, or have been "taken" by a prior spouse. (See: antenuptial agreement)

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prenuptial agreement

see ANTENUPTIAL AGREEMENT.
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Pre-nups are not legally binding in this country, and parties cannot oust the jurisdiction of the court to deal with financial provision on the part of the wife.
"I've had a number of clients from other countries who now reside in the UK who have commented that they wouldn't have had the same kind of problems with their divorce if they had been in their home country and fail to understand why we still don't enforce pre-nups here."
While the pre-nup is drawn up prior to marriage to protect one of the party's fortune, the post-nup aims to safeguard husbands' and wives' new money, inherited or earned after they have tied the knot.
"Unfortunately, marital breakdown is a part of everyday life and the fact that we are beginning to get more enquiries has got to be viewed as positive, despite agreeing a pre-nup probably being the most unromantic gesture you could ever make."
In a report about Amy and her future, Mitch insisted a pre-nup had been agreed.
However, according to Welsh law firm John Collins and Partners, wealthy spouses who failed to draw up a pre-nup are now increasingly looking to protect their assets with an agreement made after their marriage regulating what should happen in the event of a divorce.
Had there been a pre-nup I believe that Mrs Miller would not have received such a generous award, assuming that the pre-nup had been properly drawn and the parties received independent counsel.
"In many cases, by the time of divorce, matrimonial circumstances will have changed so much since the pre-nup was signed that judges will dismiss the content."
THERE was a time when Hollywood stars drew up pre-nup agreements to safeguard their money - the most famous of whom were probably Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.
I don't know if I want to." Her pre-nup involved PS530,000 for marrying him and PS330,000 a year for staying.
According to sources, the couple's marriage had occurred so fast that they didn't have the opportunity to summon lawyers to write up a pre-nup as they believed that they didn't need one.