What Is a Prenup?

A prenup is an agreement made between two people before marrying. It establishes the couple’s rights to property and support in the event of a divorce or death.

Prenuptial agreements are used by couples who want to set down the terms of any future divorce before walking down the aisle.

Key Points

  • In some countries, a prenuptial agreement provides for what happens in the event of a divorce as well as ensuring the protection of property during the marriage in the case of bankruptcy.
  • Prenuptial agreements are not legally valid in some countries.
  • Prenups preserve the expectations of the couple and prevent surprises should there ever be a divorce trial.
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