May 23, 2008
The Rabbinical Council of America and the Beth Din of America, both based in New York, have today announced the publication of an updated edition of their highly regarded and widely used Halachic Prenuptial Agreement.
The original agreement was issued more than a decade ago and has been promoted by the Orthodox Caucus. It has been responsible for a dramatic drop in the incidence of so-called "agunot," or "chained women," among couples who have entered into the agreement prior to their marriage. Many rabbis - out of principled concern - will not officiate at a marriage unless the couple will have signed the agreement.
The prenuptial agreement encourages consultation with legal counsel and comes with detailed implementation instructions to the bride and groom. The updated version of the prenuptial agreement
incorporates a number of procedural improvements and enhancements to the original document.
Rabbi Basil Herring, Executive Vice President of the Rabbinical Council of America, stated that "The Rabbinical Council of America is most gratified that since its inception the prenuptial agreement has been so effective in limiting the incidence of recalcitrance among couples whose marriages have failed. We urge every couple about to be married, no matter their love and regard for each other leading up to the wedding day, and irrespective of their background, to utilize this very important and valuable tool, to benefit not only themselves, but the entire Jewish community."