|Prenuptial agreements: To sign or not to sign?|
婚前协议是指将要结婚的男女双方为结婚而签订的、于婚后生效的具有法定约束力的书面协议。制定婚前协议的主要目的是对双方各自的财产、债务范围以及权利归属等问题做出约定，以免将来离婚或一方死亡时产生争议。“婚前协议”用英文可表述为：prenuptial agreement或者premarital agreement。请看Wikipedia的英文解释：
A prenuptial agreement, antenuptial agreement, or premarital agreement, commonly abbreviated to prenup or prenupt, is a contract entered into prior to marriage, civil union or any other agreement prior to the main agreement by the people intending to marry or contract with each other. The content of a prenuptial agreement can vary widely, but commonly includes provisions for division of property and spousal support in the event of divorce or breakup of marriage. They may also include terms for the forfeiture of assets as a result of divorce on the grounds of adultery; further conditions of guardianship may be included as well.
这里的premarital意即“婚前的”，更多相关的表达如：premarital health check/premarital check-up（婚前体检，婚检），premarital cohabitation（婚前同居），premarital property（婚前财产），premarital property notarization（婚前财产公证）。
A pre-nup agreement is no longer such an unfamiliar thing, especially for China's younger generation.
Forget roses and chocolates, dinner dates and dancing. We want to know what people in Beijing really think about love when it comes to prenuptial agreements.
"It's fine! Why not? As long as it doesn't hurt each other's feeling."
"It can be done if necessary. Because a couple should trust each other at first. Money issues may bring hassles within marriage, as well as legal and social issues."
After talking to some others, it seems most are for prenuptial agreements, as long as it is voluntary and built on trust. But there are some who don't believe in signing such contracts.
"We just registered for our marriage and we didn't sign a premarital agreement. Maybe because we don't have much money yet, and we didn't even go to the Notary Office. My wife doesn't even know the figures on my bank account. We own a small business so we aren't so worried about it."
"I haven't really thought about it yet. How should I put it? I think I would support it since it's law-related."
According to legal experts, prenuptial agreements are not only suitable for personal property before marriage but also for property attained during wedlock.
—— Excerpt from To sign or not to sign?