Marriage contracts are recognized in Australia by the Family Law Act of 1975 (Commonwealth).  In Australia, a marriage contract is called binding financial agreement (BFA).  When a U.S. citizen decides to marry an immigrant, that person often serves as a visa sponsor to ask his fiancée to enter or remain in the United States. The Dept. Homeland Security requires that persons who sponsor their fiance come to the United States on a visa to make a declaration of support and it is important to consider the obligation under oath to support a U.S. sponsor about to sign a pre-married agreement. The Asidavit of Support establishes a 10-year contract between the U.S. government and the sponsor, which requires the sponsor to financially support the fiancé on its own resources.  As expressly stated on Form I-864, divorce does not end the obligations of assistance owed by the promoter of the U.S. government and the immigrant spouse to rights as a third party beneficiary of the sponsor`s promise of support in the affidavit I-864. As such, any waiver of support in their marriage contract must be formulated in a manner that is not contrary to the contract that the U.S. sponsor makes with the government by providing affidavit support or may be declared unenforceable.
In drafting an agreement, it is important to recognize that there are two kinds of state laws that govern divorce – a fair distribution, practiced by 41 states, and co-ownership, which is practiced in some variants of 9 states. An agreement written in a state of Community property cannot be intended to govern what happens in a fair distribution state and vice versa. It may be necessary to retain lawyers in both states to cover the eventual case where the parties may be living in a state other than the one in which they were married. Often, people have more than one house in different states or they move a lot because of their work, so it is important to take this into account when developing. The 2014 Report of the Legal Commission on Marital Property accepted the decision in cyclists in general and recommended the creation by Parliament of a „qualifying marriage agreement” that would create a fully binding pre-marital agreement as long as certain requirements were met. The Commission`s recommendations have yet to be implemented. A marital contract, a premarital contract or a pre-marital agreement (commonly known as Prenup) is a written contract entered into by a couple before the breakdown of marriage or a civil union that allows them to choose and control many of the legal rights they acquire at the time of marriage, and what happens when their marriage ends in death or divorce.