The divorce process doesn’t have to be a negative experience. In fact, if you and your partner or spouse can come to an agreement about the major issues (child support, alimony, division of assets and debts, etc.), the chances are pretty good that both of you could write your own divorce arrangement with a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA).
The key to a successful MSA, though, is making sure things are done the right way. Even though you’re both putting the agreement in place, there are still standard items that need to be included in an MSA. That’s why it may be best that you work with a San Diego men’s divorce lawyer on your MSA.
In this issue, we’ll talk about the process of putting together an MSA, what must be included and how a divorce lawyer may be able to help.
What is a Marital Settlement Agreement?
Think of an MSA as a contract between you and your soon-to-be ex that spells out the specifics of how things will play out during – and after – your divorce process. The California courts would prefer a mutually agreed to a settlement rather than the emotional toll of litigation.
What must be included in a Marital Settlement Agreement?
Beyond the required factual information that must be included (legal name identification, basic facts on the marriage, number of children, identification of marital property, etc.), you can tailor the MSA to the specifics of your situation.
For example, many MSAs spell out in detail the particulars of child support, the division of assets and debts, tax considerations, etc.
How can I negotiate the best Martial Settlement Agreement for me?
Keep in mind that as you and your partner or spouse draft your MSA, you’re actually negotiating. Before you begin the process, you need to have:
- a clear understanding of your legal rights;
- a bird’s eye view of your financial situation; and
- an understanding of what your partner or spouse wants as well as a clear picture of what outcome will make you happy.
If you’re a man facing divorce in San Diego, you need the expertise of a men’s divorce lawyer. Call The Men’s Legal Center.
An MSA is a fantastic option for couples who can communicate with one another and can work together. However, if the MSA is not handled the right way, it could be rejected by the court. That’s why you need the expertise and advice of a skilled men’s defense lawyer from The Men’s Legal Center.
You can reach us by phone at 619-234-338 or via email.