Family law agreements are the cornerstone of divorce and custody cases today because more than 90% of divorce cases settle prior to trial (according to Lawyers.com). Family law agreements are also used in paternity cases and in situations in which the parties live together, but are not married. If you are considering divorce, in the middle of a divorce, or need to modify or enforce a prior Judgment, getting informed is the first step.
Below you will find a brief explanation as to the three most commonly used family law agreements:
Going through a divorce can be stressful and overwhelming. You feel uncertain about your future and fear unfair treatment in court. As attorneys with experience in every type of family matter-we’ve seen it all…and we get it. Trials and court attendance can be intimidating, and results can be unpredictable. This unpredictability is the reason many couples decide to reach their own agreement.
Marital settlement agreements (MSAs) can be as unique as you desire. These agreements typically cover such things as the distribution of marital assets (whom gets what), alimony, custody, and child support. The good news is that most Florida judges respect couples who can reach a mutual agreement and they usually enforce MSAs without making any changes.
Even unmarried couples can enter a family law agreement if they live together. Cohabitation agreements are a modern solution for the changing structure of families. Many couples chose to live together prior to marriage, and cohabitation agreements ensure both parties have legal rights in the event of a separation. Cohabitation agreements can address issues such as distribution of assets, responsibility for certain bills, even child visitation for unmarried couples. Sometimes, just the process of entering a mutual agreement with your partner can help you avoid disputes that may otherwise occur.
Much like Cohabitation Agreements, nuptial agreements aren’t only for couples who anticipate a split in their future. These agreements are for couples who mutually respect one another and value clear communication of expectations. Nuptial agreements can protect assets that you have acquired prior to marriage and even negotiate fair spousal support payments at a time when both parties mutually respect one another. The key difference between the two types of nuptial agreements is timing: prenuptial agreements are entered into prior to marriage and postnuptial agreements are entered into after marriage.
Whether you are considering moving in with your partner, planning for marriage, or facing a separation, family law agreements can ease your transition and protect your rights.
For customized advice and guidance for your unique family situation, contact the experienced family lawyers at Campbell Law Group today. We’ll sit down with you to determine your goals and develop an action plan that works for you.
Related Topics: High Conflict-Complex Divorces/Post-Divorce Actions, Divorce/Post-Divorce Actions, Alimony, Equitable Distribution, Parental Rights, Parenting Plans and Time Sharing, Child Support, Father’s Rights, Enforcement and Modification of Domestic and Foreign Judgments; Alternatives to Litigation: Mediation, Arbitration and Collaborative Law