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 Keep your financial independence, whether that means separate checking accounts or a prenuptial agreement or your own retirement or investment account., "Diana Levine for The Boston Globe," 7 Nov. 2019 Tell the parents the fiancé didn’t want to sign a prenuptial agreement. Alix Strauss, New York Times, "From Social Secretary to Party Planning Aficionado," 30 Aug. 2019 The couple was also in the middle of negotiating a prenuptial agreement which Mama Gina was involved in. Morgan M. Evans,, "RHOA's Porsha Williams and Dennis McKinley Split 3 Months After Welcoming Baby Pilar: Report," 20 June 2019 After Split From Husband Harvey Weinstein The prenuptial agreement also covered their marital assets, with Chapman receiving $250,000 annually for the first five years, and $700,000 per every additional year. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Georgina Chapman Quietly Releases New Marchesa Lookbook Amid Harvey Weinstein Divorce Settlement," 12 Jan. 2018 In fact, according to Katie Nicholl, author of Harry: Life, Loss, and Love, prenuptial agreements aren't something that the royal family does. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Why Princess Eugenie Won't Have A Prenup With Jack Brooksbank," 11 Oct. 2018 In fact, even though three of the Queen's four children have gone through divorces, none of them had prenuptial agreements in place. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Why Jack Brooksbank Likely Won't Sign a Prenup Before Marrying Princess Eugenie," 21 Aug. 2018 The tech tycoon is now worth $16.6 billion, according to Forbes, and the divorce filing that Riley made in Los Angeles Superior Court in March 2016 did not mention a prenuptial agreement. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "Elon Musk and Amber Heard Have Split After a Year of Dating," 7 Aug. 2017 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

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First Known Use of prenuptial agreement

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Prenuptial agreement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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