7. Obtain funds to cover all expected legal costs. It is important to know that you may be responsible for the legal fees of lawyers who ask you for help in foreign courts. See the International Bar Association`s International Code of Ethics, Rule 19, which provides in part that “lawyers charged with advising a foreign colleague on a case or cooperating in the handling of the case are responsible for paying the fees of the International Bar, unless they expressly agree otherwise.” Find out what fees each lawyer charges and how the lawyer expects to be paid. In some countries, royalties are set by local law. You should set up a viable counting plan. Foreign lawyers may not be used to including a description of the work done in the billing. Some foreign lawyers can expect to be paid in advance. Others may request payment regularly and refuse to continue until payment is made. Ask for an estimate of total hours and the cost of work. Be aware of who is involved in the work and the fees charged by each participant. Each state has rules for prenupes, but the American Bar Association notes that “all mandates that such agreements are procedural and material “fair”.
Determining whether an agreement is fair requires knowledge of the fundamental principles of contract law, such as capacity, coercion, fraud and inappropriate influence. The truth is that marriage is not only a romantic relationship, it is also a kind of business relationship. This dual nature and purpose of marriage has led to the growing recognition that a conjugal agreement (also considered a pre-marital agreement or prenup, in short) can be useful in protecting the financial interests of each spouse. Premarital mediation is another way to create a conjugal arrangement. In this process, a mediator facilitates an open discussion between the couple on all kinds of marriage issues, such as expectations regarding post-birth work and savings and spending styles, as well as traditional pre-marital discussions on real estate sharing and spousal assistance when the marriage is over. The engaged couple makes all decisions about what would happen in the event of separation or divorce with the help of the mediator. They then design either a memorandum of agreement or a pre-marital agreement and have them checked by their respective lawyers. A developed agreement on mediation is usually cheaper because fewer hours are spent with lawyers, because the couple made all the decisions together, instead of one side against the other.
[Citation required] Marriage contracts are recognized in Australia by the Family Law Act of 1975 (Commonwealth).  In Australia, a marriage contract is called binding financial agreement (BFA).  In Judaism, the Ketubah, a marriage contract, has long been established as an integral part of Jewish marriage and is signed and read at the wedding.