The Ultimate Prenuptial Agreements Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Marriage is a beautiful institution, but divorce is on the rise, and life is unpredictable. For some, the risk of years of legal wrangling over assets during divorce proceedings is simply not worth taking. This is where prenuptial agreements come in.

What was the divorce rate in the late 1800s?

Divorce rates are steadily rising. In the late 1800s the divorce rate was below 5 percent.


What percentage of marriages end in divorce?

The likelihood a marriage will last more than 15 years is 60 percent; 40 percent of marriages are dissolved before then.


What is the function of a prenuptial agreement (prenup)?

A prenuptial agreement, or prenup, is a contract that predetermines how certain issues, such as division of assets, will be settled in cases of divorce or death.


Who decides the details of a prenup?

A prenup is a private contract; the parties involved have the right to include any detail, no matter how unusual, as long as these details do not break any laws, or conflict with public policy.


In the absence of a prenup, who will likely determine the financial details of a divorce?

Marriage and divorce are currently governed at the state level. The details of a divorce are usually finalized by a state court.


Who is eligible for a prenup?

Because a prenup is a private contract entered into by two parties, anyone who wants one is eligible.


Which of these is typically addressed in a prenup?

A prenup usually deals with financial issues. Experts warn not to pad a prenup with too many non-financial conditions.


Why are custody issues usually not addressed in a prenuptial agreement?

Certain issues, such as custody rights, are considered a matter of public policy to be settled by a court of law. A private contract cannot preempt public policy.


Historians believe prenups where first used in which of these civilizations?

Historians have found premarital contracts in ancient Egypt, and believe contracts of this sort originated there.


Which of these can nullify a prenup?

Even though a prenup is a private contract, it is still bound by contract law. If you do not fully disclose your background, financial or otherwise, it may nullify your prenup.


What type of attorney should advise you regarding a prenup?

Family laws are complicated; they differ from state to state. Make sure the attorneys involved in drafting your prenup are experts in local marriage and family laws.


Which of these statements best describes community property states?

In certain states the assets you acquire during your marriage are considered equally owned by the two parties. These states often require an even distribution of assets upon divorce.


Which of these conditions is usually required for a prenup to be considered valid?

Many documents are only considered legally valid if the have a seal from a licensed notary public.


Which of these international organizations authorizes certain foreign prenups?

The Hague Convention on the Law Applicable to Matrimonial Regimes authorizes prenups for participating countries.


Which of these countries does not usually recognize prenups?

The United Kingdom considers most aspects of divorce to be a matter of public policy, and usually gives little to no weight to a prenuptial agreement.


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