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antenuptial contract, noun phrase

Law. A contract drawn up by a notary between two persons intending to marry, by which each retains full control over his or her separate property under the accrual system (in terms of the Matrimonial Property Act of 1984), and by which the community of property, and of profit and loss, are excluded; ANC noun2. See also accrual. Cf. community of property.
1822 Lord C. Somerset in Stat. of Cape of G.H. (1862) 63In case any..natural-born subject of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland shall enter into the marriage state within this settlement, without making a previous marriage settlement (called, in the colonial law term, antenuptial contract), his property..shall be administered and divided according to colonial law.
1990 C. Laffeaty Far Forbidden Plains‘This Community of Property business — is that the way most people get married?’ ‘Yes, because if they don’t it means they have to hire a lawyer to draw up an Antenuptial Contract and that’s expensive.’
A contract drawn up by a notary between two persons intending to marry, by which each retains full control over his or her separate property under the accrual system (in terms of the Matrimonial Property Act of 1984), and by which the community of property, and of profit and loss, are excluded; ANCnoun.

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