The UPMAA was enacted by the ULC in 2012 to clarify and modernize inconsistent state laws and to create a unified approach to all prenutial and subsequent contracts that: «For a prenutial agreement to be valid, you and your future spouse must each be represented by separate (independent) legal counsel,» Johannes said. «I have designed several prenups and I can say that the process goes more smoothly when couples communicate openly with each other about the issues raised, the terms of the agreement and the reasons for it.» These sample phrases are automatically selected from various online information sources to reflect the current use of the word «marriage contract.» The opinions expressed in the examples do not reflect the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. .