How Prenups Have Changed Throughout U.S. History

Prenuptial agreements, or “prenups” may seem like a modern legal creation, but they actually have existed in some societies for thousands of years. A prenuptial agreement is any contract or arrangement that a couple makes before they are officially married. But, the role and form that these agreements have taken in the United States have changed as our culture’s and legal system’s views of divorce, women’s rights, and fairness have changed. Ancient Roots One of the oldest prenuptial agreements ever found was a 2,000-year-old Hebrew marriage contract. Scholars have found legal agreements that can fairly be described as prenuptial agreements
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