Pecularities of legal regulation of marriage contracts = Vedybų sutarčių teisinio reglamentavimo ypatumai.
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Under the market economy, a contract serves as the main regulatory instrument of mutual rights and obligations of private law subjects. Many different types of contracts allow people to satisfy their needs and to achieve the desired results. Most contracts are concluded subject to established common criteria, yet almost every type of contract has also its own specifics. The article examines the marriage contract with its particular features (subjects, content, etc.) and analyses its complex nature and its main purpose. The institution of marriage contract is relatively poorly covered by academic research in Lithuania (academic papers on legal science provide only patchy analysis of these contracts); case law in the resolution of arguments originating from such contracts is also limited and thus not completely established. Despite controversial attitudes towards the purpose of marriage contract, the numbers of concluded prenuptial and postnuptial agreements increase from year to year, i.e. more and more individuals express their will to specify the content of property obligations and to define the legal regime of property. These contracts are usually concluded to avoid unpredictable division of property in case of divorce and to protect family members against possible future claims of third parties (creditors). Bearing in mind that legal provisions governing marriage contracts are subject to diverse interpretation, analysis of this institution appears timely and relevant.
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