When a married couple gets a divorce, there are certain aspects that need to be discussed. Matters such as division of property, spousal support, and child support are only some of the many issues that need to be properly addressed before the couple splits up. In this case, a marital settlement agreement would have to be made. What is a marital settlement agreement, and why is it important?
A marital settlement agreement is a legal contract which covers a couple’s responsibilities towards their children (if there are any), such as visitation rights, child custody, and child support. The agreement also involves their decisions regarding the division of their property and assets. If you are planning to make an agreement, it is recommended to only sign it if it is satisfactory for you. Negotiations need to be done with compromise, as it could be difficult for both of you to sign the agreement if either or both of you would only think about yourself during the process.
You will need the expertise of an attorney during this time for the drafting of the agreement. It is recommended to hire separate attorneys so that your rights and best interests can be protected.
If you or your ex-spouse won’t be able to come to terms regarding the agreement, the matter would have to be taken to court, which could be lengthy and cost you more. It would be much better if you and your partner reach a common decision beforehand to prevent this from happening. This is beneficial, not only for the fact that it could save you time and money, but also because both of you would have made a decision purely based on mutual agreement, rather than having the court do it for you.
When it comes to settling family law matters, you will need the help of an experienced attorney to make the process easy and less stressful. Eve McClurg is a knowledgeable family law attorney in Fort Myers, Florida, and its surrounding areas. Eve is licensed in the states of Florida and New York and has represented a number of clients. She will work with you and guide you during this difficult chapter of your life. Contact The Law Offices of Eve McClurg at 239-449-9943.