We get it. You’ve made your decision to divorce your spouse or partner, and you’re ready to get on with your life.
Our goal is to have your divorce finalized as quickly as possible – as long as you’re protected legally on all front.
Here in California, you’ll have to wait at least six months from start to finish before completing your divorce. There’s no getting around that mandated waiting period.
There are ways, however, to make sure your divorce doesn’t drag on for much longer. One of the most effective is for both you and your spouse or partner to complete a marital settlement agreement.
In this issue, the San Diego divorce attorneys with the Men’s Legal Center will talk more about a California marital settlement agreement, even giving you a template of sorts for information to include in yours.
What Is a Marital Settlement Agreement?
In essence, this written binding contract acts as a roadmap for what happens after a divorce. It should outline how assets and debts are divided, custody issues, support requirements, instructions for what must be done with the family home, etc.
In fact, every aspect of your divorce should be covered in your marital settlement agreement.
Once the agreement has been signed, there’s really nothing left to dispute, so your divorce case can be fast-tracked.
Can We Complete a Marital Settlement Agreement on Our Own?
You can…but it’s not advisable.
Remember, you’ll have to abide by the agreement for the rest of your life, so we highly recommend you have legal representation during the crafting of and signing of your agreement. For example, California is a community property state, and the laws that govern this aspect are highly complex.
A qualified divorce attorney should be able to guide you through the process and advise you about any “loose ends” before it’s completed.
Will the Court Automatically Approve our Marital Settlement Agreement?
If your divorce is uncontested and both of you are in general agreement about things, it’s likely the court will approve your agreement.
In most cases, court authorities will examine the financial components of the agreement, just to make sure it is fair for both parties.
For Help With Your Marital Settlement Agreement, Call the San Diego Divorce Attorneys with the Men’s Legal Center.
By coming to an agreement on your own, your case is far more likely to move speedily along through the process – leading to huge savings in attorney fees and court costs.
We’ll be happy to walk you through the entire process of crafting your own agreement.