The date and place of the marriage indicate the official date of the beginning of the marriage of both partners. After the date of marriage, the marriage contract becomes legally binding. If one of the spouses does not have this information on hand, it can be left empty to be filled in later. If a spouse has children from another relationship, this agreement can ensure that his or her separated pre-conjundary wealth is shared with his or her children only if that spouse dies. In addition, a marriage contract may set parameters for the duration of the spouse in the event of divorce. . . .