When Should a Bride Receive the Mahr?

Question: When should a bride receive the mahr?
Dear questioner,
Dowry (mahr) is a necessary gift that is given to the bride. It is her wealth, and she may do with it what she pleases.
Dowry may be given at the time of the marriage or delayed to a later date. A portion of the dowry may also be given in installments. If delayed, the dowry becomes a debt on the husband to his wife.
[Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]
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