prenuptial agreement

\ˈprē-ˌnəp \
variants: or less commonly prenup or prenuptial

Definition of prenuptial agreement 

: an agreement made between two people before marrying that establishes rights to property and support in the event of divorce or death Prenuptial agreements have long been used by couples who want to set down the terms of any future divorce before they walk down the aisle.— Desa Philadelphia Even though there's a prenup, it's unclear how much of Liz's money Fortensky will end up with …Newsweek

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Vázquez had signed a prenuptial agreement with Anhang that would have cost her millions if the two divorced. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Ex-beauty queen accused of hiring hit man to kill wealthy husband goes on trial," 21 Aug. 2018 Part of what makes a prenuptial agreement enforceable is a full disclosure of existing assets. Paul Sullivan, New York Times, "Getting Married? Forget Sweet Nothings; Let’s Talk About Money," 27 Apr. 2018 The person who is being presented with the prenuptial agreement can feel unprepared or, worse, ambushed. Paul Sullivan, New York Times, "Getting Married? Forget Sweet Nothings; Let’s Talk About Money," 27 Apr. 2018 Spousal support will be based on a prenuptial agreement the couple signed when they were married, without giving details. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Alicia Silverstone says she's 'super excited' about 'being available' to date after divorce," 19 June 2018 And even though three of the Queen’s four children have divorced, none apparently had a prenuptial agreement. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry Reportedly Won’t Get a Prenup Before Marrying Meghan Markle," 19 Mar. 2018 The couple has not signed a prenuptial agreement since prenups generally aren’t done among the royal family. Constance Grady, Vox, "13 questions about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s big day, asked and answered.," 11 May 2018 Cena likened it to a prenuptial agreement and said it was done to protect his finances. Fox News, "Brie Bella says she will always love John Cena 'like a brother' amid Nikki Bella split," 19 Apr. 2018 Vanessa Trump, a former model, filed for an uncontested proceeding and the couple likely had a prenuptial agreement, according to experts. Leada Gore,, "Vanessa Trump, Donald Trump Jr.'s wife, files for divorce," 15 Mar. 2018

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1882, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of prenuptial agreement

law : an official agreement that two people make before they marry in which they state how much of each other's property each will receive if they divorce or if one of them dies

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pre·​nup·​tial agreement | \prē-ˈnəp-shəl-, -chəl-\

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