Marital Agreements and Private Autonomy in the United States

MARITAL AGREEMENTS AND PRIVATE AUTONOMY IN A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE, Jens M. Scherpe, ed., 2010

40 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2009 Last revised: 13 Dec 2011

Ira Mark Ellman

Arizona State University College of Law; Arizona State University (ASU) - Department of Psychology; Center for the Study of Law and Society, Berkeley Law, University of California, Berkeley

Date Written: August 26, 2009

Abstract

This essay is a draft of a chapter that will appear in Marital Agreements and Private Autonomy in a Comparative Perspective. It provides a critical overview of the current American law on the enforceability of premarital and marital agreements in the United States. The book as a whole will provide such an overview for a selection of countries in Europe and elsewhere. Each chapter also describes the default rules that apply in the absence of an agreement.

Keywords: premarital agreement, antenuptial agreement, marriage, divorce

JEL Classification: J12, K39

Suggested Citation

Ellman, Ira Mark, Marital Agreements and Private Autonomy in the United States (August 26, 2009). MARITAL AGREEMENTS AND PRIVATE AUTONOMY IN A COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE, Jens M. Scherpe, ed., 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1514062 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1514062

Ira Mark Ellman (Contact Author)

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HOME PAGE: http://www.law.asu.edu/HomePages/Ellman/

Arizona State University (ASU) - Department of Psychology ( email )

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