Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Antenuptial Definition:

An event or document which pre-dates a marriage.

Related Terms: Marriage

For example, an "antenuptial agreement" is one which is signed before marriage.

A antenuptial gift is a gift given by one spouse to the other before marriage.

In Hewett v Gott, the Supreme Court of Kansas distinguished these types of agreements as follows:

"An antenuptial contract is an agreement in contemplation of marriage, whereas a postnuptial contract is generally one in contemplation of separation. The former is providing and planning for a union of interest with some property modifications; the latter for a complete disunion of all domestic and property interests."


Hewett v Gott 132 Kan. 168 (1931)

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