Miranda and I had no children, and we had our marital arrangement, when we asked for a divorce, it was over in a nine- or ten-day wait. A marriage agreement is only valid if it is concluded before the date of marriage. Once a couple is married, they can write a post-marriage arrangement. In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court granted same-sex marriage the same legal basis as same-sex marriage, in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges (decided June 26, 2015). The consequence of the Supreme Court decision is that a pre-marriage contract entered into by a same-sex couple in one state is enforceable in the event of a divorce in another state.  Even in states that have not adopted UPAA/UPMAA such as New York, properly executed marriage contracts are admitted to the same presumption of legality as any other contract.  It is not necessary for a couple who signs a marriage pact to keep separate lawyers to represent him as long as each party understands the agreement and signs it voluntarily with the intention of being bound by its terms. There is a strong public policy that favours parties that control and decide their own interests through contracts.
 There are no state or federal laws requiring adults with contractual capacity to hire a lawyer in order to enter into a marriage contract such as a marriage contract, with the exception of a California law that requires the parties to be represented by a lawyer if spousal assistance (support) is limited by the agreement.  The marriage agreement may be challenged if it is proven that the contract was signed under duress.  Whether a pre-marriage contract was signed under duress must be justified by the facts and circumstances of this case. For example, it was found that a spouse`s assertion that she believed there would be no marriage if it was not a marriage, where the marriage was only two weeks away and marriage plans had been made, was not sufficient to demonstrate coercion.  Synonymous:prenup, antenuptial agreement, premarital agreement In the past, couples have entered into premarital agreements with uncertainty as to their validity. Today, the presumed validity and applicability of such agreements is no longer at issue in states that have adopted UPAA/UPMAA, including Florida, Virginia, New Jersey and California.  In Judaism, the Ketubah, a marriage contract, has long been established as an integral part of Jewish marriage and is signed and read at the wedding. It contains the man`s requirement to support his wife by providing her with food, clothing and sexual intercourse and provides for the wife`s support in the event of divorce or death of her husband. Under this passage, however, a woman can walk if her husband does not take care of her.