Marriage contracts in Canada are subject to provincial legislation. Every province and territory in Canada recognizes marital agreements. For example, in Ontario, marital agreements are called marriage contracts and are recognized by Section 52 of the Family Law Act.  In developing an agreement, it is important to recognize that there are two types of state laws governing divorce – a fair distribution, practiced by 41 states, and common ownership practiced in certain variants of 9 states. An agreement written in a state of Community property cannot be intended to govern what happens in a fair distribution state and vice versa. It may be necessary to retain lawyers in both states to cover the eventual case where the parties may be living in a state other than the one in which they were married. Often, people have more than one house in different states or they move a lot because of their work, so it is important to take this into account when developing. In a 1990 California case, the Court of Appeal imposed an oral marriage in the estate of one of the parties because the surviving spouse had significantly changed his position according to the verbal agreement.  However, as a result of amendments to the act, it has become much more difficult to change the character of community or distinct property without written agreement.  An antenuptial agreement, also known as a marriage contract or “Prenup,” is a contract between two persons wishing to marry. Association agreements are documents that define the rights of each spouse and the department of heritage in the event of divorce. Some people think they can write an antenuptial agreement because they simply want to delegate certain tasks within the marriage (for example, which party will accomplish what tasks), or how often they will have sex for a week. Such agreements are not applicable.
In most Arab and Islamic countries, there is a marriage contract traditionally known as aqd qeran, aqd nikkah or aqd zawaj, which has long been established as an integral part of an Islamic marriage and is signed at the wedding. In Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon, this treaty is widely known as Katb el-Kitab. The treaty is similar to Ketubah in Judaism and describes the rights and duties of the groom and bride or other parties involved in the marital proceedings. However, this is something other than a marital agreement, as it does not specify how assets should be split or inherited in the event of a divorce or the death of a spouse.  In South Africa, a civil marriage or a union of right of life is by default a marriage in a community of ownership. To marry from the condominium, the parties must sign, before their marriage, a registration contract in the presence of a notary and the contract must be registered with the Property Affairs Office within three months of the signing of the contract. Post-nuptial agreements are similar to marital agreements, except that they are made after a couple`s marriage.  When divorce is imminent, post-uptial agreements are called separation agreements.
 In a non-compensating marital agreement, significant increases in the wealth or debts of one party during marriage are not shared by the other party in the event of death or divorce. Recently, a movement has developed in some modern Orthodox circles to support an additional marital agreement. This is a reaction to a growing number of cases where the husband refuses to grant a religious divorce. In such cases, local authorities are not in a position to intervene, both for the sake of separation of church and state and because some halachic problems would arise. This situation leaves the woman in a state of aginut where she cannot remarry.