Postnuptial Agreement, Prenuptial Agreement, Separation Agreement, Simple Agreement, Aid and abet

Postnuptial agreement. An agreement between spouses made during their marriage to determine the right to support and each other's property in case of death or divorce. Such agreements are not enforceable unless each party makes a full disclosure to the other of their assets and has consulted with their own attorneys. Even then, most such agreements are not enforceable unless made by spouses who are in the midst of a separation or divorce.

Prenuptial agreement. An agreement between spouses made before their marriage to determine the right to support and each other's property in case of death or divorce. Generally, such agreements are enforceable, especially if both parties make a full disclosure of individual assets and have consulted with their own attorneys.

Separation agreement. An agreement between spouses made during a divorce or while obtaining a legal separation concerning child custody, child and spousal support, property distribution, and other matters. Such agreements are usually incorporated into the parties' divorce decree or into a judicial decree granting a separation to the parties.

Simple agreement. An agreement for which nothing is legally required to make it enforceable other than some evidence that the agreement was made and the parties consent to it.

Aid and abet v. To order, encourage, facilitate, or to actively, knowingly, intentionally, or purposefully assist, or otherwise promote or attempt to promote the commission of a crime or a tort. Affirmative conduct is regarded; aiding and abetting cannot be established by omission or negative acquiescence. The person who aids and abets is usually just as liable, and subject to the same measurement of damages and penalties, as the person who commits the crime or the tort.

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