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Looking for a more cost-effective way of handling your divorce? For those who are attempting to do this themselves, the one thing you should absolutely NOT do yourself, without at least consulting with an attorney, is write your own Marital Dissolution Agreement (i.e. the “Agreement”). You should hire an attorney on a limited basis to writeand review this Agreement.
Here is why:
The single most important document of your divorce is the Agreement. It is a legally binding
contract between you and your spouse that sets forth the terms of your divorce. It may
govern your life for years as it spells out requirements by both parties after your divorce.
Your agreement should include some major items such as:
If the agreement is not thorough and detailed, there can be problems with interpretation down the road. You may not always get along with your spouse. Do not assume that your spouse “would never read it that way” or “knows what we meant.” Or worse yet, “the Court will understand that is what we meant”. Lack of clarity can lead to more anxiety, conflicts, time in court and attorney’s fees. Except for alimony and matters involving children, very little in the divorce decree can be “fixed” later.
Attorney Eaton can use her years of experience to help you on a limited consultation basis, so you can represent yourself. She can:
Attorney Eaton has seen many self-represented people who have struggled years later with poorly written agreements.
Attorney Eaton can give your agreement undivided attention with an eye toward your best, long term interests. Contact Attorney Eaton today to review and/or write your Agreement to help minimize potential long-term problems.
*Mediators and family relations are neutral third parties; they cannot provide legal advice nor can they advocate for your best interests. Their role is to resolve the case, sometimes as quickly as possible. A quick resolution may result in an agreement that leads to future misunderstandings with your spouse.
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