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Connecticut Family Law Citations: A Reference Guide to Connecticut Family
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Family Law and Practice with Forms, by Arnold H. Rutkin
Separation Agreements and Antenuptial Contracts, by Alexander Lindey And
Louis I. Parley
Form of premarital agreement
Content of premarital agreement
Effect of marriage on premarital agreement.
Amendment or revocation of premarital
agreement after marriage.
Enforcement of premarital agreement
Enforcement of premarital agreement when
Statute of limitation re claims under
Premarital agreements made prior to October 1,
1995, not affected
Recent Connecticut Case Law
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Bedrick v. Bedrick, 300 Conn. 691 (2011). We conclude that
postnuptial agreements are valid and enforceable and generally must comply
with contract principles. We also conclude, however, that the terms of such
agreements must be both fair and equitable at the time of execution and not
unconscionable at the time of dissolution.
Crews v. Crews, 295 Conn. 153 (2010).
The trial court determined that the antenuptial agreement was not
governed by the provisions of the Connecticut Premarital Agreement Act
(act), General Statutes § 46b-36a et seq., presumably because the act
applies only to antenuptial agreements entered into on or after October 1,
1995; General Statutes § 46b-36a; and the parties had entered into their
agreement on June 24, 1988. The trial court concluded, instead, that the
antenuptial agreement was governed by the equitable rules established in
McHugh v. McHugh, 181 Conn. 482, 436 A.2d 8 (1980).
Friezo v. Friezo, 281 Conn. 166 (2007).
Although § 46b-36g does not expressly define "fair and reasonable" financial
disclosure, a plain reading of the statute indicates that the term was
intended to be understood in the context of the phrase that directly
follows, namely, "the amount, character and value of property, financial
obligations and income of the other party . . . " General Statutes § 46b-36g (a) (3). Accordingly,
"fair and reasonable" disclosure refers to the nature, extent and accuracy of the
information to be disclosed, and not to extraneous factors such as the timing of
"Additionally, we do not believe that parties require a
detailed understanding of Connecticut law on marriage and divorce to validly
waive their statutory rights in a prenuptial agreement, nor is it necessary to
have a college degree in order to understand the concept of net worth."