In Judaism, the ketubah, a marriage contract, has long been established as an integral part of Jewish marriage and is signed and read aloud at marriage. This includes the husband`s obligation to support his wife by providing her with food, clothing and sex, and by providing the wife`s support in the event of divorce or the husband`s death. However, after this passage, a woman is free to leave if her husband cannot take care of her. Prenaptial mediation is another way to create a marriage contract. In this process, a mediator allows for an open discussion between the couple on all kinds of marriage issues, such as work expectations after the birth of the children and saving and spending styles, as well as traditional pre-marriage discussions about asset sharing and the couple`s alimony at the end of the marriage. The engaged couple, with the help of the mediator, makes all decisions about what would happen in the event of separation or divorce. They then draft a memorandum of agreement or prenoptial agreement and have it reviewed by their respective lawyers. An agreement developed through mediation is usually more cost-effective because fewer hours are spent with the lawyers because the couple made all the decisions together and not on one side against the other. [Citation required] In the past, couples entered into prenutial agreements with some degree of uncertainty as to their validity. Today, the presumed validity and applicability of such agreements in states that have adopted upSA/UPMAA, including Florida, Virginia, New Jersey and California are no longer in question.  A marriage contract may include an expiry provision that states that the contract expires after a certain period of time. In Maine, for marriage contracts entered into before October 1, 1993, the contract automatically expires after the birth of a child, unless the parties renew them.
 In other states, a certain number of years of marriage results in the expiration of a marriage contract. In states that have passed the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act (UPAA), there is no sunset provision by law, but one can be under private contract. Note that states have different versions of the UPAA. Whether or not you sign a prenuptial agreement is a deeply personal decision between you and your partner, but it`s helpful to keep all the facts in mind before making any calls. However, if you choose to sign a legally binding agreement with your significant other before tying the knot, you should carefully consider what is in the document so that the prenutial agreement protects your best interests no matter what. Judges examine prenaptial agreements in detail to look for anything that tends to provide a financial incentive for divorce. If a provision can be read to encourage divorce, the court will overturn it. Previously, the courts considered any provision detailing how property is divided as an encouragement to divorce, since society has an interest in a divorce. .