Simply put, a divorce settlement agreement is a written document between
you and your ex-spouse that outlines the decisions the two of you reached
during the divorce process. The agreement will typically outline child
custody, child support, alimony, and division of property. In this blog,
our Las Vegas divorce attorney will explain what you need to know about
your divorce settlement agreement.
Can we settle before going to court?
If you and your ex-spouse are able to settle the different aspects of your
divorce before going to court, your divorce attorney can help file the
agreement. It’s important to note, however, that once the divorce
settlement agreement is signed, it becomes a legally binding contract.
After it’s approved by a judge and becomes a part of the final divorce
decree, you can be found in contempt if you violate the agreement.
Don’t Sign if You Don’t Agree
If you’re given an agreement proposal that you aren’t in agreement
with, don’t sign it. A proposal is not the final draft of the contract
and you have the right to negotiate any clause or order that you disagree
with. Even if you’re feeling pressure to sign from your ex-spouse’s
attorney, no one can force you to settle if you’re not ready.
Send Everything to Review
Even if you’re handed a proposal that you’re in complete agreement
with, do not sign it without the review of your own divorce attorney.
The purpose of having an attorney in times like these is to ensure that
your best interests are protected – if there is a line item in the
agreement that leaves you short changed in any way, your lawyer will address
it and request that it’s changed into something that is more in
line with what you’re entitled to.
The Las Vegas divorce lawyers at Leavitt Law Firm have more than 25 years
of experience in simplifying the divorce process for clients during their
time of need. Choosing a competent lawyer can mean the difference between
worrying about whether your rights are being protected and having your
best interests prioritized. Call (702) 996-6052 today to learn how we can help.