There are requirements that must be met for a marriage agreement to be valid both at the time of entry and at the time of its implementation. In most jurisdictions in the United States, five elements are required for a valid matrimonial agreement: Premarital mediation is another way to create a marital agreement. In this process, a mediator facilitates an open discussion between the couple on all kinds of marriage issues, such as expectations regarding post-birth work and savings and spending styles, as well as traditional pre-marital discussions on real estate sharing and spousal assistance when the marriage is over. The engaged couple makes all decisions about what would happen in the event of separation or divorce with the help of the mediator. They then design either a memorandum of agreement or a pre-marital agreement and have them checked by their respective lawyers. A developed agreement on mediation is usually cheaper because fewer hours are spent with lawyers, because the couple made all the decisions together, instead of one side against the other. [Citation required] A sunset arrangement can be inserted into a marriage agreement stipulating that the contract expires after a specified period. In Maine, it automatically expires after the birth of a child, provided the parties do not renew the contract if the parties do not renew the agreement.  In other countries, a number of years of marriage will result in the expiration of a marriage.
In countries that have adopted the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act (UPAA), there is no sunset provision in the law, but one could be under private contract. Note that the states have different versions of the UPAA. 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. Visit LegalZoom for a free confidential assessment of the marriage agreement from an independent lawyer. In most Arab and Islamic countries, there is a marriage contract traditionally known as aqd qeran, aqd nikkah or aqd zawaj, which has long been established as an integral part of an Islamic marriage and is signed at the wedding. In Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon, this treaty is widely known as Katb el-Kitab. The treaty is similar to Ketubah in Judaism and describes the rights and duties of the groom and bride or other parties involved in the marital proceedings. However, this is something other than a marital agreement, as it does not specify how assets should be split or inherited in the event of a divorce or the death of a spouse.  In California, a couple may waive their participation rights (common property) through a prior contract.  The agreement may limit sp assistance (although a court may set it aside in the event of a divorce if it considers the restriction to be unacceptable).