In a 1990 California case, the Court of Appeal imposed an oral marriage in the estate of one of the parties because the surviving spouse had significantly changed his position according to the verbal agreement.  However, as a result of amendments to the act, it has become much more difficult to change the character of community or distinct property without written agreement.  Premarital mediation is another way to create a conjugal agreement. 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] A marital agreement is different from the historical marriage regime, which was not primarily about the effects of divorce, but on the constitution and maintenance of dynastic families or a divorce regime established by the parties as part of the dissolution of their marriage. In many of these countries, criminal history can also protect unshared assets and money from bankruptcy and can be used to support lawsuits and transactions during marriage (for example. B if a party has unduly sold or mortgaged land set aside by its partner). Goa is the only Indian state where a marriage book is legally applicable, since it follows the Portuguese civil code of 1867.
At the time of marriage, a marital agreement indicating the ownership regime may be signed between the two parties. If a non-spouse has not been signed, the marital property is simply divided equally between the man and the woman.   Unlike all other contract laws, no review is necessary, although a minority of courts make marriage in return. Through a prenup, a spouse can completely waive property rights, support or inheritance, as well as the voting share, and can get nothing for it. The choice of legal provisions is crucial in the prenups. Contracting parties may decide that the law of the state in which they are married governs both the interpretation of the agreement and the division of property at the time of divorce. In the absence of a legal choice clause, it is the law of the place where the parties divorce, not the law of the state in which they were married, that decides matters of ownership and support.