Prenuptial agreements have gained a lot of popularity lately. There seem to be a lot more couples signing these agreements prior to getting married. They are seen as an ironclad agreement that can't be broken in the event of a divorce. However, there are some instances where prenuptial agreements may be ruled invalid by an Ohio court.

Essentially, a prenuptial agreement is bound by the same legal principles as any other contract. These agreements just happen to be between two people who are getting married outlining how things will be handled during the marriage as well as in the event of a divorce. Just like other contracts, they can be found invalid under certain circumstances.

Many people will use a prenuptial agreement to govern their married life by having provisions regarding things such as what will happen if a party gains weight, cuts their hair or fails to fulfill their "marital duty" in the bedroom. These provisions are often found to be unenforceable in court. If an agreement is signed under duress or if a party was coerced. This can be difficult to prove, but it is possible.

One of the main tenants of contract law is that the contract not be entered into fraudulently. If one party fails to be honest and forthright - say by lying about the value of certain assets - the agreement can be ruled invalid. If a contract wasn't properly executed it can also be thrown out in court. This is one reason why it's important to have legal representation when drafting and executing a prenuptial agreement. It is possible to reduce the amount of possible errors and reasons that the agreement could be found unenforceable in court.

Some important things to remember when signing a prenuptial agreement are that it must be voluntary, informed and properly executed. Of course, prenuptial agreements can contain whatever provisions the parties agree upon at the time, but if those provisions are found to not be reasonable later on, the agreement may be thrown out by an Ohio court. It is, of course, hoped by both parties that the agreement is entered into with the same respect and emotion as the marriage. Having representation during the process can help to ensure that happens.

Source: Forbes, "Five Reasons Your Prenup Might Be Invalid," Jeff Landers, April 1, 2013