Follow-up agreements were not widely accepted in the United States until the second half of the twentieth century. Prior to that date, U.S. case law followed the idea that contracts, such as. B a post-successive contract, could not be valid if they are performed between a husband and wife. The inability of a husband and wife to bind contracts was due to the concept of conjugal union: at the time of marriage, husband and wife become a single unit or a single person.   Since it is not possible to enter into a contract with oneself, a terminated contract would therefore be ineffective. In Canada, agreements are authorized and, in fact, most provinces have statutes that they expressly authorize. [Citation required] However, the courts subject them to greater legal scrutiny than marriage contracts. You cannot witness if the person who has a marriage contract is your current or former spouse, sibling, parent or child, or if you have another close relationship with the person that resembles an intimate or family relationship. The witness must be 15 years old. If the marriage contract is valid, the wealthiest spouse will not hand over any of his property to the less fortunate if he divorces. If the wealthiest spouse dies first, the widow/him can get his/her own assets from the estate, but not part of the spouse`s wealth.
While this is not necessary in all states, it is a good idea for both spouses to be represented independently of lawyers when negotiating and entering into a terminated contract.  A follow-up contract is a written contract entered into after a couple`s marriage or entry into a registered partnership to settle the couple`s affairs and property in the event of separation or divorce. . . .