While the celebrity buzz of the week is that Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin were secretly married earlier this week, the news is even bigger that they may not have signed a marriage contract. With Justin`s net assets, estimated at $265 million, and Hailey`s $2 million, it`s a huge wealth imbalance. Depending on the outcome of the wedding, this could result in a big payday for Hailey. A marriage contract is only valid if it is concluded before the marriage. After a couple`s marriage, they can draft a marriage contract. In some countries, including the United States, Belgium and the Netherlands, the marriage contract provides not only for what happens in the event of divorce, but also for the protection of part of the property during the marriage, for example in the event of bankruptcy. “Buying a house with only one person`s money mixes up. Creating a joint venture with a person`s capital mixes. Moving the money more than a few times can even be seen as a mix,” Knight says. The more married you are, the more likely you are to mix your property and turn non-marital property into marital and therefore divisible property. Canon Law: Letter and Spirit, a commentary on canon law, states that this condition can be defined as “a provision that conditioned an agreement on the verification or fulfillment of a circumstance or event that is not yet certain.” It is also stated that “any condition related to the future of conjugal consent invalidates marriage”. For example, a marriage would not be valid if the parties have decided that they should have children or that they would have the right to divorce and remarry someone else. [Citation required] Russell D.
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