As the name suggests, a marriage contract is concluded before the marriage. In this type of agreement, the couple determines how they will distribute their wealth if the marriage ever ends. In this sense, it is a financial instrument. Follow-up agreements are similar to marriage contracts, except that they are concluded after a couple`s marriage.  When divorce is imminent, inheritance agreements are called separation agreements.  You may feel as if you and your new spouse are destined for eternal happiness. But given that nearly 44% of marriages end in divorce, the divorce rate for second marriages is even higher – 67% to 74% – and if you stay married, one of you will eventually die, the idea of a prenup or post-nup seems like a good idea. In the past, couples have entered into pre-marital agreements with a degree of uncertainty as to their validity. Today, the presumed validity and applicability of such agreements is no longer at issue in the states that have adopted the UPAA/UPMAA, including Florida, Virginia, New Jersey, and California.  As Frawley says, “There has been an increase in marriage contracts with young people who have no family property to protect and people who are starting their first marriage.” Even in States that have not adopted up TOAA/UPMAA, such as New York, duly executed marriage contracts enjoy the same presumption of legality as any other contract.  It is not necessary for a couple signing a marriage contract to use separate lawyers to represent them, as long as each party understands the agreement and voluntarily signs it with the intention of being bound by its terms. For example, it was found that a spouse`s assertion that she believed there would be no marriage if she did not sign a marriage contract where the marriage was only two weeks away and marriage plans had been made, was not sufficient to demonstrate coercion.
 When a U.S. citizen chooses to marry an immigrant, that person often serves as a visa sponsor to apply for entry or stay for their fiancé in the United States. The Department of Homeland Security requires that people who sponsor their immigrant fiancé come to the United States on a visa to make an affidavit of support, and it is important to consider the affidavit of support to a U.S. sponsor about to reject a marriage contract. .