prenuptial agreement

\ ˈprē-ˌnəp How to pronounce prenuptial agreement (audio) \
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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Recent Examples on the Web The former couple has gone back and forth about the validity of their prenuptial agreement. Ashley Boucher,, "Dr. Dre in Intensive Care After Suffering Brain Aneurysm," 5 Jan. 2021 The couple, who announced their engagement via Instagram on October 27, want a prenuptial agreement, according to Us Weekly. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton Have Reportedly Been in ‘Prenup Talks’ for Months," 1 Nov. 2020 According to three people close to the first lady, Trump renegotiated the prenuptial agreement to her liking by mid-2018. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "Melania Trump renegotiated prenup before moving to White House: Book," 12 June 2020 In a filing obtained by PEOPLE in August, Young asked the court for an early trial to determine the prenuptial agreement's validity. Ashley Boucher,, "Dr. Dre's Estranged Wife Nicole Young Is Seeking $2 Million in Temporary Spousal Support: Report," 3 Sep. 2020 Ostracizing the recalcitrant spouse from the community, insisting that every couple sign a prenuptial agreement, and supporting the IBD will go a long way to eradicate the scourge of agunot from our community. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, "Ki Teitzei parsha: Protecting the modern day agunah," 24 Aug. 2020 The first lady's office also recently denounced a book from Washington Post reporter Mary Jordan that claims Melania Trump delayed moving to Washington from New York City in 2016 to renegotiate a prenuptial agreement. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "TV host's comment about Barron Trump earns strong rebuke from East Wing," 23 June 2020 According to the actor's prenuptial agreement with Hightower, De Niro was supposed to pay his estranged wife $1 million annually as long as his salary is at least $15 million a year. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Robert De Niro's finances take a hit due to COVID-19 pandemic, his lawyer says," 11 July 2020 At around the same time, Jordan writes, Melania was starting to renegotiate her prenuptial agreement. CBS News, "The Melania you don't know," 14 June 2020

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1882, in the meaning defined above

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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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