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What is a Marital Settlement Agreement and How Is It Enforced?

There are many reasons couples divorce, including financial issues, incompatibility, infidelity, and other unresolvable issues. The decision to divorce is very difficult and complicated. While the emotional impact on each individual is delicate, the necessity to address the issue of custody, financial support, division of assets and other legal issues feels overwhelming.  Enlisting the guidance of an experienced divorce lawyer will help guide couples through the complex issues of the divorce process and help both parties to navigate their way through.  A comprehensive Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA), also known as a Separation Agreement, can be instrumental in this process and often leads to an amicable resolution which sets forth a blueprint for life after divorce. Experienced divorce lawyers such as ZM Law can help you through this process.

What is a Marital Settlement Agreement?

A Marriage Settlement Agreement (MSA) is a legally binding contract which is established between divorcing spouses which memorializes their mutual agreement towards a post-divorce future.  It is an enforceable contract that establishes and resolves all issues involved in the dissolution of their marriage. Custody, visitation and financial support of the children are established in the MSA. Division of assets, Alimony and all other issues are addressed and resolved in the Separation Agreement. Through this collaborative process, a skilled divorce lawyer will guide you through this legal minefield and lead you to an amicable resolution that works best for you and your family.

Enforcing a Marital Settlement Agreement

While you and your spouse are the best to Judge what works best for your family, the emotional baggage that interferes with communication can derail all attempts to reac an amicable resolution. Transforming a negotiation into a litigation. Therefore, having the benefit of a skilled and through divorce lawyer by your side is crucial to success in this process. 

Like any other contract, a Marital Settlement Agreement requires specific legal language that serves to enforce the MSA if either party breaches the terms after it is signed. Ensuring that proper enforcement procedures are specifically outlined in the separation agreement, will increase the chances that both parties will abide by the terms they agreed upon. In the event of breach, either party can initiate enforcement through the Court. However, in most cases, your divorce attorney can utilize alternative legal avenues for enforcement which are quicker and less expensive. Having the guidance of a divorce lawyer by your side through this process is of the utmost importance. It sets you up for success rather than the possibility of future pitfalls

Contact our highly experienced Divorce Lawyers at ZM Law Group to Help You with Your Marriage Settlement Agreement Process

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