In Islam a marital contract can be drawn up so that the woman retains some semblance of rights within the marriage in case it goes sour. The Wiki states:
An Islamic marriage contract (Arabic Katb el-Kitab, Hebrew Ketubah, Urdu Nikah-Nama) is an Islamic prenuptial agreement. It is a formal, binding contract considered an integral part of an Islamic marriage, and outlines the rights and responsibilities of the groom and bride or other parties involved in marriage proceedings.
I used to disagree in having a prenuptial agreement because it sounded so unromantic to me and seemed to set up the potential marriage straight to divorce.
Bust as I got older and heard divorce horror stories I have come to realize that having a prenup makes sense.
According the the Wiki, a prenuptial agreement is:
is a contract entered into prior to marriage, civil union or any other agreement prior to the main agreement by the people intending to marry or contract with each other. The content of a prenuptial agreement can vary widely, but commonly includes provisions for division of property and spousal support in the event of divorce or breakup of marriage. They may also include terms for the forfeiture of assets as a result of divorce on the grounds of adultery; further conditions of guardianship may be included as well.
In addition to what is typically stipulated in these types of contracts I strongly feel there should be a contingency that if a spouse cheats or abuses the other then the prenup is null and void because these two actions are simply unforgiveable.
With a struggling economy and jobs hard to come by, having such a contract can protect both parties (depends on what you put in them.)
Thoughts on prenups?