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Volume16
Year2007
TitleChallenges for Negotiating and Drafting an Antenuptial Agreement for the Religious Upbringing of Future Children
Author(s)Alexandra Selfridge
First Page91
AbstractDuring the last two or three decades, mixed-religion marriages have become commonplace in the United States. The family lawyer should not be surprised by an affianced client's request to deal with the issue of future children's religious upbringing in the context of negotiations for a premarital agreement. Consider two abstract scenarios in which such a request may be made: (1) Mr. Smith, who is Jewish and expects his children to be raised in the Jewish religion, is marrying a Protestant who has no plan to convert. (2) Mr. Johnson, who likewise is Jewish and expects his children to be raised in the Jewish religion, is marrying a former Catholic who has recently converted to Judaism. Their future spouse have indicated willingness to have their children raised in the Jewish religion. They would like a provision to that effect in their premarital agreement. What advice should you give them?