In particular, Mr Osborne stated that his decision „did not express an opinion on the validity of marriage contracts purporting to restrict the duty of each spouse to support the other during the marriage“. This left open the question of whether temporary alimony or lawyer penalties (considered as aid) could be duly cancelled in a marriage contract. David was also trying to overturn the agreement on the theory he had made under duress. Even in States that have not adopted up TOAA/UPMAA, such as New York, duly executed marriage contracts enjoy the same presumption of legality as any other contract.  It is not necessary for a couple signing a marriage contract to use separate lawyers to represent them, as long as each party understands the agreement and voluntarily signs it with the intention of being bound by its terms. There is a strong public policy that favours parties that rank and decide their own interests through treaties.  There are no state or federal laws that require adults with contractual capacity to hire an attorney to enter into a marriage contract such as a marriage contract, with the exception of a California law that requires the parties to be represented by an attorney when support is limited by the agreement.  A marriage contract can be challenged if it is proven that the contract was signed under duress.  The signing of a pre-marital agreement under duress must be demonstrated by the facts and circumstances of each case.
For example, it was found that a spouse`s assertion that she believed there would be no marriage if she did not sign a marriage contract where the marriage was only two weeks away and marriage plans had been made, was not sufficient to demonstrate coercion.  Thanks to polarizing social stigma, marriage contracts or modern „prenups“ can be a sensitive topic when it comes to engagement. Young couples may be particularly inclined to believe that a signed prenup means you don`t think the marriage will last. . . .