When a U.S. citizen decides to marry an immigrant, that person often serves as a visa sponsor to ask his fiancée to enter or stay in the United States. The Dept. Homeland Security requires that persons who sponsor their fiance come to the United States on a visa to make a declaration of support and it is important to consider the obligation under oath to support a U.S. sponsor about to sign a pre-married agreement. The Asidavit of Support establishes a 10-year contract between the U.S. government and the sponsor, which requires the sponsor to financially support the fiancé on its own resources.  As expressly stated on Form I-864, divorce does not end the obligations of assistance owed by the promoter of the U.S. government and the immigrant spouse to rights as a third party beneficiary of the sponsor`s promise of support in the affidavit I-864. As such, any waiver of support in their marriage contract must be formulated in a manner that is not contrary to the contract that the U.S. sponsor makes with the government by providing affidavit support or may be declared unenforceable. In India, marital agreements are very rare and have no laws in force. However, in the face of rising divorce rates, there is a growing interest in them.
Some legal experts believe that prenups have no legal sanctity in India. However, in some cases, usually among wealthy citizens, a form of contract is signed. But agreements must be reasonable and not violate existing laws, such as the Hindu Marriage Act. Indian courts allow for the signing of a settlement protocol during divorces. But no court has yet been asked to impose a prenup.  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.
An agreement that is developed on mediation is usually cheaper because fewer hours are spent with lawyers, because the couple made all the decisions together rather than a page against.