While the celebrity buzz of the week is that Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin were secretly married earlier this week, the news is even bigger that they may not have signed a marriage contract. With Justin`s net assets, estimated at $265 million, and Hailey`s $2 million, it`s a huge wealth imbalance. Depending on the outcome of the wedding, this could result in a big payday for Hailey. Pre-marriage mediation is an alternative way to create a marriage contract. In this process, a mediator allows for an open discussion between the couple on all kinds of marriage issues, such as expectations for work after the birth of children and saving and spending styles, as well as traditional pre-marital discussions about the distribution of property and assistance to spouses when the marriage ends. The engaged couple, with the help of the Mediator, makes all decisions about what would happen in the event of separation or divorce. They then design either a deal memo or a pre-marital agreement and have it verified by their respective lawyers. An agreement developed through mediation is usually less expensive since fewer hours are spent with lawyers, since the couple has made all the decisions together and not one side against the other. [Citation required] These agreements can be entered into under the Indian Contract Act of 1872.
Section 10 of the Indian Contract Act provides that agreements are considered contracts if they are entered into with the free consent of the parties.  However, section 23 of the same Act provides that a contract may be null and void if it is contrary to the law or contrary to public order.  If the agreement is grossly unfair to the extent that one party prospers financially and the other will experience serious financial difficulties, it is likely that the agreement will be cancelled. This is the main problem with the recent case of New York, where the doctor earned $300,000 a year, but had a one-time payment to his wife of $20,000. The doctor would prosper, but there was a strong possibility that the woman would have to seek public help. Although there are no guarantees in the law, a marriage contract, if properly drafted in such a way as to meet the legal requirements of the state in which the contract is signed, must face legal challenge. The laws passed by states that adopt UPAA/UPMAA have some differences from state to state, but this legal framework has certainly made it easier for lawyers to prepare enforceable marital agreements against clients by clearly stating the requirements. For example, under Florida law, there is a very significant difference in what is required to enter into a legally binding marriage contract compared to a post-ïcoum contract. To effectively waive the rights of spouses normally available to a surviving spouse under Florida law (such as farms, election shares, exempt property, family allowances, etc.), the parties must disclose their assets and liabilities in full and fair to each other before entering into a contract. On the other hand, no financial disclosure is necessary to waive the same rights of the spouses in a pre-marital contract concluded before marriage.  However, if the lack of disclosure makes a prenup ruthless (unfair to a spouse) under Florida uniform law, it may not be applicable for these reasons.  Recently, in some modern Orthodox circles, a movement has emerged to support an additional marriage contract.
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