In some countries, including the United States, Belgium and the Netherlands, the matrimonial agreement provides not only for what happens in the event of a divorce, but also to protect certain properties during marriage, for example in the event of bankruptcy. Many countries, including Canada, France, Italy and Germany, have marital rules, in addition to or in some cases instead of marriage agreements. Beyond the limitations of agreements on parental obligations, parental leave and child custody, the possible subjects of a marriage contract are limited only by your imagination, common sense and contract law. Over the years, I`ve seen some pretty unique marriage contracts, including agreements that are probably unworkable, that talk about the frequency of sex and that will take out the garbage. 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. Although there are no drawbacks to a marriage agreement by law, there remains a social stigma in India and creates a negative impression in people`s minds because they think the couple has already thought that their marriage will not hold. While there are restrictions in many areas, marital agreements can also cover custody issues for spouses and children. Spouses may agree not to challenge estate planning documents prepared by the other spouse and to waive certain legal rights after the death of a spouse. They may also agree to file joint or individual tax returns during the marriage. The terms of a pre-marital agreement are – If you do not enter into a marriage agreement, the laws of your state determine who owns the property you acquire during your marriage and what happens to that property in the event of divorce or death. (The property acquired during your marriage is called matrimonial or community property, depending on the state.
State law may even have a say in what happens with some of the property you owned before your marriage. In the past, couples have entered into pre-marriage agreements with some 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 drafting an agreement, it is important to recognize that there are two types of state laws that govern divorce – a fair distribution, practised by 41 states, and common ownership practiced in certain variants of 9 states. An agreement written in a state of Community property cannot be intended to govern what happens in a fair distribution state and vice versa. It may be necessary to retain lawyers in both states to cover the eventual case where the parties may be living in a state other than the one in which they were married.