[17] Marriage contracts have been recognised as valid for a long time in several European countries, such as France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Whereas, in some of these countries, there are limits that the courts consider enforceable or valid (for example. B Germany after 2001, where the courts of appeal have so indicated), a written and duly initiated contract, freely agreed, cannot be challenged, for example by arguing the circumstances in which the marriage broke down or the conduct of a party. In France and Belgium (as in Quebec, which has the same legal tradition), marriage contracts must be concluded in the presence of a notary. The courts will not impose any requirement for a person to perform all household chores or for children to be educated in a particular religion. [41] In recent years, some couples have included in their marriage contracts provisions on social media that set out rules that can be posted on social media during marriage and in the event of marriage dissolution. [43] 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,[24] Virginia,[25] New Jersey,[26] and California.[27] [28] When drafting an agreement, it is important to recognize that there are two types of state laws that govern divorce: equitable distribution practiced by 41 states and common ownership practiced in some variants of 9 states. Couples enter into a written marriage contract to replace many of the marriage laws that would otherwise apply in the event of divorce, such as laws governing the distribution of property and age benefits and savings and the right to claim maintenance (spouse`s allowance) with agreed terms, provide security and clarify their matrimonial rights.

[1] [2] A pre-marital contract may also involve the waiver of a surviving spouse`s right to claim a share of choice in the deceased spouse`s estate. [3] Goa is the only Indian state where a marriage is legally applicable, as followed by the Portuguese Civil Code of 1867. . . .