Ante-Nuptial (Pre-Nuptial) Agreements

Ante-nuptial (pre-nuptial) agreements are a contract made between two people prior to their marriage. An ante-nuptial agreement allows the two people to determine what rights each has to property if a dissolution, legal separation or death occurs. Generally, Ante-Nuptial agreements are utilized to protect property one party had an interest in before the marriage so as to prevent the other party from gaining an interest in that property.  In order to be binding in Minnesota, an Ante-Nuptial agreement must be made before the solemnization of the marriage, there must have been a full and fair disclosure of the earnings and property of each party, each party must have had an opportunity to consult with legal counsel of their own choice, it must be in writing, it must be executed in the presence of two witnesses and acknowledged by the parties before any officer or person authorized to administer an oath under the laws of the State of Minnesota.

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