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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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Consequently, individuals may decide to minimize the chances of an acrimonious and contentious divorce by entering into a prenuptial agreement, which provides important protections for traditional clients of CPAs.
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(2) Thanks to the contractual nature of the marital relationship, the wary fiance or exhausted spouse may dictate certain terms relating to his impending marital union or dissolution in the form of a prenuptial or separation agreement.
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"Prenuptial agreements are crucial if both parties want to make their own decisions about the distribution of their property and wealth and not leave it in the hands of the court," he said during a first of its kind English legal workshop held at the Dubai Judicial Institute (DJI) on Tuesday.
After the divorce case of wealthy heiress Katrin Radmacher last October, which saw the Supreme Court back the enforceability of prenuptial agreements, the Law Commission has announced it is carrying out a consultation, with the possibility of making pre-nups legally binding.
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