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Naperville family law attorneyArchaeologists recently found the world's oldest known marriage contract in Turkey. The contract, which is inscribed on a clay tablet, mentions infertility and divorce. Experts believe the tablet is approximately 4,000 years old. The tablet is astonishingly similar to a modern-day prenuptial agreement, as it represents a marriage contract between a man named Laqipum and a woman named Hatala.

Among the provisions in the contract is one that specifies what will happen if Hatala is unable to have a child. It says that if this happens that Hatala must buy a slave woman to effectively serve as a surrogate. It also details stipulations in the event of divorce. According to a rough translation of the tablet, If Laqipum chooses to divorce his wife, he must pay her a certain amount of money. Likewise, if Hatala chooses to divorce her husband, she must pay him the same amount.

The Benefits of Using a Prenuptial Agreement

Prenuptial agreements (also called “prenups” or premarital agreements) are a common legal step taken before marriage. A prenup establishes the property and financial rights of each spouse in the event of a divorce or, sometimes, the death of either spouse. Although they often address uncomfortable topics, prenuptial agreements can be vital in protecting your assets in the event your marriage ends in divorce. Obviously, no one who gets married wants to imagine that it will end, but sadly, many marriages do. Therefore, it is important to plan for the worst-case scenario even if your relationship is presently strong.

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