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Things to consider when drafting a divorce settlement agreement

People may not believe it, but it is possible for spouses to have an amicable, calm divorce. The process can be trying and difficult, but when couples communicate with one another, they can find an agreement with which they both are comfortable. No matter what type of divorce it is, military or civilian, there are options and couples are given the chance to do right by each other and draft an agreement that is likely to get approved. However, this will require them to do certain things, even if they don't want to.

When spouses are working out their settlement agreement, they will want to consider doing the following:

  • Make sure both spouses understand the agreement.
  • Make sure the agreement is fair.
  • Make sure one spouse is not favored over the other.

Typically, when the settlement agreement is signed by both spouses, it is then presented to a judge for approval. They will either decide that the agreement is fair and was properly negotiated and approve it, or send it back to the attorneys and the spouses they are representing for them to come to a resolution that is fair to both parties. Keeping this in mind, spouses will want to be careful and reasonable when negotiating.

No two divorces are the same. This means that just because one couple got their settlement agreement approved, doesn't mean you and your spouse will. Should you have questions about divorce settlements and what a judge may feel is fair, speaking with a knowledgeable divorce attorney can help you get answers to your questions and clear up any concerns.

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