What are Marital Settlement Agreements?
A marital settlement agreement is an agreement on all issues involved in your divorce action, paternity action, or other family law related matter. That marital settlement agreement can be sent to the court in advance of a final hearing and if approved will stand as the final order. The other option is to reach a marital settlement agreement at the day of your final hearing. By reaching agreement on all issues the parties are able to maintain control over the decisions in their case. This is important. If the parents can agree to those terms, they’re more likely to follow the terms of the order, less likely to argue about them, and less likely to litigate after the divorce or legal separation has been granted by the court. In my experience as a family law attorney and as a family court commissioner this is truly in the best interest of the children. The sooner the parents can get beyond the decision to separate and move towards co-parenting, the sooner the children can be removed from the possibility of further trauma as a result of the breakdown of the marital relationships.