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.