A marriage contract can describe the disposition of property when the marriage ends in separation, death or the occurrence of another event. One provision could stipulate that if one of the spouses admits to having deceived the other, a cash payment of a certain amount is made to a specific bank account. Writing a prenup doesn`t necessarily mean ruining your relationship before you get to the altar. Read on to find out how to talk to your future spouse about a prenup. These agreements may fall under the Indian Contract Act of 1872. Section 10 of the Indian Contracts Act states that agreements are considered contracts if they are entered into with the free consent of the parties.  However, section 23 of the same Act states that a contract may be void if it is immoral or contrary to public order.  Some federal laws apply to terms that may be included in a prenutial agreement. The Retirement Equity Act (REA) of 1984, signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on August 23, 1984, created confusion about whether ERISA predates state divorce laws, preventing pension plans from complying with court orders that gave the spouse a portion of the employee`s pension in a divorce decree.  A prenutial agreement may contain waivers where each spouse agrees to release all claims against the other`s pension that arise from the marriage under state and federal laws, such as the REA. Prenutial agreements are useful to many people, but they are recommended for individuals and couples who are in the following circumstances: The couple`s support obligations vary from state to state. Both parties may waive the right to maintenance for the young person. Depending on the State, the provisions on maintenance for the cossa may or may not be upheld by the courts.
An otherwise valid agreement may be revoked if the provisions entitle a spouse to social assistance. A court may require spousal support to the extent necessary to withdraw that spouse from social assistance. State laws restrict what can and cannot be included in marriage contracts. Below is a list of things that most states do not allow in prenutial agreements: Each state prohibits you from including something illegal in your prenutial agreement. In fact, it can put all or part of the marriage document in danger of being set aside. In practice, marriages can violate canon law in several ways. For example, they cannot encourage a marriage to a condition that affects the future. The Code of Canon Law states: «A marriage linked to a condition of the future cannot be effectively concluded». (CIC 1102) Marriage contracts are recognised in Australia by the Family Law Act 1975 (Commonwealth).  In Australia, a marriage contract is called a binding financial agreement (BFA).
 For those who are not interested in getting married, but still want to separate their finances and assets from those of their partner, consider a cohabitation agreement. In California, a couple can waive their right to divide property (community property) through a prenutial agreement.  The agreement may limit spouse status (although a court may annul it in the event of divorce if it finds the restriction to be unscrupulous). The agreement can be used as a contract to make a will that obliges one of the spouses to take care of the other in the event of death. It can also restrict inheritance taxes on death, such as the right to an estate allowance, the right to act as executor, the right to take as a predetermined heir, etc.  In California, registered domestic partners can also complete a prenup. .