How to create a solid divorce settlement agreement

On behalf of South Tampa Law Group posted in divorce on Thursday, July 21, 2016.

Couples in Florida who are getting a divorce may need to create a divorce settlement agreement if they have children or will continue to have shared financial interests after the marriage ends. Once the agreement is in place, people should resist the temptation to deviate from the agreement even if it might be in their interests to do so or if they want to try to be on good terms with their spouse.

However, if they do deviate from the agreement, this is still not sufficient to set a legal precedent. If one spouse does a favor for the other in one month and does not wish to continue doing it, the other spouse cannot cite the favor as a reason to invalidate a portion of the divorce agreement.

It is important to make sure that the divorce agreement is not ambiguous. People should fully understand their agreements and should ensure that they suit their situation. They should point out any problems to their attorney that they spot during the creation of the document. At times, it might be necessary to return to court to ask the judge to enforce the agreement, and it is important at these times that the agreement be free of loopholes.

An attorney might be able to offer guidance both in writing the final agreement and in making decisions along the way. For example, some people may prolong a divorce because they are angry. Others might relinquish things that are in their rights to claim because they want the process over with quickly, but these decisions can damage a person’s financial security in the long term. People may want to discuss their goals with their attorney so that they can create a strategy to use throughout the divorce process.