Therefore, you need to determine how to allocate these marital assets as well as any future income in your post-marital contract. However, there are exceptions to the rule that requires written agreements where the courts were willing to enforce a marriage contract that was not written due to sufficient partial contribution or unfavourable confidence of the parties. Although there are restrictions in many areas, marriage contracts can also cover issues relating to the subsistence of spouses and children. Spouses may agree not to challenge the estate planning documents prepared by the other spouse and to waive certain legal rights after the death of a spouse. You can also agree to file joint or individual tax returns during the marriage. In addition to how property is distributed, it is also important to decide on the distribution of debts, especially those acquired before marriage. In the United States, marriage contracts are recognized in all fifty states and the District of Columbia and can be implemented if prepared in accordance with the requirements of national and federal law. It has been reported that the demand for marriage contracts has increased in recent years in the United States, especially among millennial couples. [19] [20] [21] [22] In a 2016 survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), lawyers stated: that the total number of clients who wish to obtain marriage contracts before marriage has increased in recent years, especially with the Millennial generation, who have the greatest interest in protecting the increase in the value of individual property, successions and division of common property.

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