If you have tried everything and realize that divorce is the solution to your marital problems, it is time to turn your attention to your legal rights and how to move forward.
While no two people are in the same situation, every divorcing couple will work toward creating a divorce settlement agreement.
Generally speaking, you should do whatever you can to reach a divorce settlement before heading to court. You can do this in many ways, such as through mediation. Not only can an agreement save you time and money, it can also give both people more control over the process.
As you negotiate a divorce settlement agreement, it is important that you pay close attention to every detail. You do not want to forget about something that is important to you, as it could come back to haunt you in a dispute.
Some of the most important details included in a divorce settlement agreement are as follows:
- Matters of property division: For many people, nothing is more important than the division of assets and debts. For example, you need to work out who will get the family home.
- Child support payments: Will you owe child support? Will you receive child support?
- Spousal support: Either spouse may have to owe or pay these payments, also known as alimony.
- Child custody and visitation: One of the most important parts of a divorce settlement agreement, you must decide which parent will have physical custody of the child. There should also be a visitation schedule for the non-custodial parent.
Once you work through all these details, among others, a family law judge will review your divorce settlement agreement. If approved, you are nearly done with the process. If a judge denies your agreement, you will need to continue your negotiations or go to court.
With so many details to include in a divorce settlement agreement, you need to understand your legal rights and how the process will unfold. This will help put you in a better place as the process pushes forward.