There are several reasons why a party (or even both parties) wish to sign a valid marriage agreement before getting married. In general, prenups protect assets that might otherwise be subject to matrimonial law. These documents can be used in particular: in many of the countries cited, the criminal record can also protect unshared assets and money from bankruptcy and be used to support lawsuits and transactions during marriage (for example. B if a party has sold or unduly mortgaged property set aside by its partner). The conclusion of a conjugal agreement should never be taken lightly, especially since the mention of a prenup suggests that the marriage could end at some point. Discussion of a marital agreement can also cause stress in a relationship. It is therefore a personal decision to implement certain financial conditions and denominations of separate real estate, while planning marriages. It helps to understand the pros and cons of signing such an agreement. A marital contract, a premarital contract or a pre-marital agreement (commonly known as Prenup) is a written contract entered into by a couple before the breakdown of marriage or a civil union that allows them to choose and control many of the legal rights they acquire at the time of marriage, and what happens when their marriage ends in death or divorce. Couples enter into a written pre-retirement agreement so as not to enforce a large number of national marriage laws that would otherwise apply in the event of divorce, such as laws governing the sharing of benefits and pension savings, and the right to seek support (marriage assistance) with agreed conditions that provide security and clarify their marital rights.  A pre-marital contract may also include waiving the right of a surviving spouse to invoke a voting share in the deceased spouse`s estate.  As a general rule, a marriage agreement to be considered valid and enforceable by a court must meet the following requirements: Currently, 28 states and the District of Columbia have adopted a version of the uniform premarital agreement Act (UPAA) or the updated Premarital Uniform Agreement (UPMAA).