prenuptial agreement

prenuptial agreement
pre·nup·tial agreement /prē-'nəp-shəl-, -chəl-/ n: antenuptial agreement

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

prenuptial agreement
An agreement signed by a couple before they marry arranging for ownership of assets owned individually by each of them before marriage. See also post-nuptial agreement

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

prenuptial agreement
An agreement made by a couple before marriage that controls certain aspects of their relationship, usually the management and ownership of property, and sometimes whether alimony will be paid if the couple later divorces. Courts usually honor premarital agreements unless one person shows that the agreement was likely to promote divorce, was written with the intention of divorcing, or was entered into unfairly. A prenuptial agreement may also be known as a premarital agreement, antenuptial agreement, or simply a "prenup," for short.
Category: Divorce & Family Law
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

prenuptial agreement
   also called an antenuptial agreement, 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 previous spouse.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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