pre·​nup·​tial | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈnəp-shəl How to pronounce prenuptial (audio) , -chəl, nonstandard -chə-wəl \

Definition of prenuptial

: made or occurring before marriage a prenuptial party

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Recent Examples on the Web The best practice is to have prenuptial agreements signed in front of a notary. Christine Fletcher, Forbes, 8 June 2021 According to a 2019 study conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 62% of divorce attorneys surveyed reported an increase in the total number of clients requesting prenuptial agreements in recent years. Ginger Gentile, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 Wilson spends a good deal of her time consulting with clients and potential clients, helping to mend broken relationships, sorting out custody issues and consulting and writing prenuptial agreements. Charli Penn, Essence, 25 Mar. 2021 Before this legal change, a ex-spouse could file for compensation only if this agreement was laid out in a prenuptial contract, which rarely occurred, according to the BBC. Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2021 Much will depend on whether a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement outlining the terms of a possible split exists, according to lawyers who handle divorces for wealthy individuals. Laura Stevens And Sara Randazzo, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2019 But many prenuptial financial conversations are not well planned. Paul Sullivan, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2018 That’s not antagonistic; that’s just good prenuptial sense. Mallory Ortberg, Slate Magazine, 25 Apr. 2017 At one point, Zago presented her with a prenuptial agreement. By Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, 17 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of prenuptial

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Prenuptial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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