The New York Times has what, for me, is a new feature in the Opinion section called "Room for Debate." The debate posted yesterday has to do with whether or not people should have a prenuptial agreement. The case that sparked the debate? Elizabeth Petrakis, a New York resident, recently announced that she’d had her prenuptial agreement voided after she claimed she was coerced into signing it four days before her wedding.
The Petrakis case sparked a lot of discussion among family lawyers, especially members of the American Bar Assn Family Law Section. In some states, prenups are upheld if properly executed with full disclosure. In other states, prenups can be voided if unfair or "inequitable." Other grounds to void a prenup are fraud, duress and non-disclosure.
The debate posted by the New York Times is well-worth a read--both for family lawyers and for people who are contemplating a prenup or who are contemplating a divorce with a prenup in place.