Marital Settlement Agreements

Chad M. Layton, Esq.
January 15, 2013


 The vast majority of Dissolution of Marriage cases filed in Palm Beach County are resolved with a properly negotiated and executed Marital Settlement Agreement.  However, the  road to a final Marital Settlement Agreement is not always smooth.
 In drafting a final Marital Settlement Agreement, a qualified divorce attorney is charged with identifying all assets and liabilities of the Marriage, addressing division of assets and liabilities, constructing a customized Parenting Plan and Time-Sharing Schedule if there are minor children, preparing a Child Support Guidelines Worksheet and negotiating alimony issues.  Furthermore, the attorney must draft the terms of the Agreement clearly, unambiguously and in manner that will meet the approval of the Presiding Judge.

Conversely, a lengthy Court battle and contested evidentiary hearings where the parties may present witness testimony and evidence to attack one another will likely result in a set of terms and requirements imposed by someone who is unfamiliar with the parties and their needs, aka the Judge.

 Generally, a properly negotiated and drafted Marital Settlement Agreement is favored over a Court Order.   This holds true because the Marital Settlement Agreement is effectively a Contract drafted by the parties and their attorneys which specifically addresses the concerns of the Marriage and agreed upon resolutions.

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