Download this prenupe model in MS Word, or show an example of a san past pre-vote agreement to see what this document is filled with. You can also click on the image to enlarge the text if you want to read one of the prenup clauses. The pros and cons of marriage contracts may vary from case to case. Today, modern couples of all origins are increasingly turning to marital agreements. No more exclusive marriage contracts for the rich or elites. More and more couples from all backgrounds are turning to marital agreements to protect their future. Goa is the only Indian state where a marriage book is legally applicable, since it follows the Portuguese civil code of 1867. At the time of marriage, a marital agreement indicating the ownership regime may be signed between the two parties. If a non-spouse has not been signed, the marital property is simply divided equally between the man and the woman.   For example, each spouse may agree to deposit a certain amount of money into joint bank accounts or to set a periodic expense allowance.
Similarly, a marriage agreement can determine whether common budgetary expenses, such as a mortgage, are paid by separate or common bank accounts. In most jurisdictions in the United States, five elements are required for a valid matrimonial agreement: In South Africa, a civil marriage or life union is by default a marriage in a community of ownership. To marry from the condominium, the parties must sign, before their marriage, a registration contract in the presence of a notary and the contract must be registered with the Property Affairs Office within three months of the signing of the contract. In most Arab and Islamic countries, there is a marriage contract traditionally known as aqd qeran, aqd nikkah or aqd zawaj, which has long been established as an integral part of an Islamic marriage and is signed at the wedding. In Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon, this treaty is widely known as Katb el-Kitab. The treaty is similar to Ketubah in Judaism and describes the rights and duties of the groom and bride or other parties involved in the marital proceedings.