Washington D.C. Prenuptial Agreement | Laws

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Updated January 23, 2023

A Washington D.C. prenuptial agreement is a contract made between two people intending to get married that sets out how their property will be distributed when the marriage ends. A prenuptial agreements is often called a “prenup,” and District statutes refer to them as “premarital agreements.” The agreements should be the result of a discussion among the soon-to-be spouses, including a detailed disclosure of each spouse’s financial information, and the opportunity to consult with an attorney. The agreements become effective when the couple gets married, not when the documents are signed.

Signing Requirements (§ 46–502) – A premarital agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties.