Sign at your own Risk—The "RCA" Prenuptial may Prejudice the Fairness of your Future Divorce Settlement

By Susan Metzger Weiss

Center for Women's Justice (CWJ), 1999

Various premarital agreements have been proposed to offset the power given to men over women by
Jewish law in the event of divorce and to ameliorate the resulting injustices to Jewish women. Premarital agreements like the one endorsed by the Rabbinical Council of America (“RCA”), which expand the jurisdiction of the rabbinical courts and allow for the discretionary imposition of the suggested penalty clauses, do not adequately realign the imbalance of powers or correct the ensuing injustices. Such premarital agreements may even prejudice the interests of women in marital property, alimony or child support.


This Article analyzes the premarital agreement recommended by the RCA, in contrast to other premarital agreements, and discourages its signing in favor of other agreements that better protect and promote the interests of Jewish women.

Topic: Halakha, Gender, Jewish Law, Orthodox Judaism, Divorce, Law, Marriage

Volume/Issue: volume 6

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Metzger Weiss, Susan. Sign at your own Risk—The "RCA" Prenuptial may Prejudice the Fairness of your Future Divorce Settlement. Center for Women's Justice (CWJ). 1999: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11926


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