The reasons for entering into these agreements are different, although wealthier spouses are generally the originators of marital agreements for the protection of property. In addition, older couples may wish for such an agreement because they may have an estate or pension income to preserve and protect them, and perhaps they want children from previous marriages to receive a portion of their estate. A notice period may be amended, reformulated or even legally terminated at any time if both partners agree. A family lawyer can check your marriage law pact – before or after it comes into force – to confirm that it is appropriate, fair and applicable for both partners. The Court of Family Affairs of England and Wales has gained increasing weight since the pioneering Supreme Court decision in Radmacher/Granatino  UKSC 42, before and after the Supreme Court (“marriage contracts”). However, its validity depends on its fairness: a matrimonial agreement is not enforced in an English court if it does not leave a share of the matrimonial patrimony to a spouse, as clearly demonstrated by a recent judgment of Mr Justice Mostyn in Ipekci/McConnell . Why the increase in the number of marriage contracts? People in the 21st century generally marry later in life than previous married generations. They bring more wealth and more real estate into their marriages, so they have more to protect. If a marriage is challenged in divorce proceedings in California, the court will decide whether the document confers an unfair advantage on a spouse. These issues are addressed: Reality 2: the two parties negotiating a matrimonial agreement generally do not have the same bargaining power, so the agreement tends to be forced and unfair and equivalent. Marital agreements are becoming increasingly popular and accepted for a number of reasons.
People who are married know how precious it is to protect themselves and their wealth. Those who make a second and third marriage usually do so with more caution and reflection. The future spouse, who pushes for a conjugal agreement, shows a lack of confidence in the other and a lack of commitment to marriage.