What Goes Into a Divorce Settlement Agreement?

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If you’re about to get divorced, you likely have several questions, such as how your child custody agreement will work out, who will get to keep certain types of property, and more. All of this will eventually be sorted out and finalized in your divorce settlement agreement. If you’d like to learn more about these agreements, how they work, and what gets included in them, please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Los Angeles divorce attorney today. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What gets included in a divorce settlement agreement?

When a couple gets a divorce, they will either be in a contested or an uncontested divorce. If they can agree on each term of their divorce, it’s known as an uncontested divorce. If they can’t agree on divorce terms, they’re in a contested divorce. If you’re in a contested divorce, you’ll likely fall into the litigation process, wherein you, your lawyer, your spouse, and their lawyer will present each of your cases to a judge, who will then ultimately determine the outcome of your divorce via a divorce settlement agreement. Your divorce settlement will include all terms of your divorce, including:

  • A child custody agreement
  • A child support agreement
  • An alimony (spousal support) agreement
  • Terms regarding property & debt distribution (California is a community property state, meaning assets and debts will be distributed 50/50 between spouses)

Do I have to go to court for my divorce?

Many spouses find that they’d rather reach a divorce settlement outside of a courtroom setting, if possible. Fortunately for many spouses, this is entirely possible through an alternative method of divorce known as mediation. During mediation, you and your spouse will hire an unbiased, third-party mediator who will work with you both to negotiate a divorce agreement that you’re both satisfied with. This is done outside of court, which many people feel helps ease any attention associated with high-stakes courtroom litigation. If you believe you can compromise with your spouse, mediation is perhaps the best route possible to go about your divorce. If you have further questions about the divorce process, your potential settlement agreement, or mediation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced and dedicated California family law firm today. We’re here to help you through every step of the process.

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For the qualified, dedicated legal representation you and your family deserve and need through any family law or divorce matter, contact Zitser Family Law Group, APC today.

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