What to Include in Your Massachusetts Divorce Agreement
A separation agreement is a contract between you and your spouse, executed at the time of your divorce. The agreement is designed to settle issues relating to each of the major divorce issues that may exist between you.
Most separation agreements, between 10 and 35 pages long, address each of the financial issues related to divorce, child support, custody and parenting issues, and certain post-divorce provisions such as going back to court.
At Massachusetts Flat-Fee Divorce Attorneys, our lawyers focus on getting it right the first time — because you might not get a second chance! The list of issues that we work off of includes:
- Capital gains and other tax consequences relating to the marital home
- Change in name
- Changes in circumstances
- Child transportation
- College costs, educational trusts and custodial accounts
- College planning and educational expenses
- Communication — email, writing, phone, in-person
- Credit card — use and payment of debt
- Dispute resolution strategies
- Expense reimbursement
- Extra-curricular activities of children
- Future bonus compensation
- Health insurance and unreimbursed expenses
- Holiday schedule
- Household belongings
- Income tax refunds
- Late payments
- Life insurance coverage
- Marital home — who stays, who goes, when?
- Merger vs. Survival
- Modification of support
- Motor vehicles
- Parenting plan
- Security of support payments
- Stock options
- Tax filing status and exemptions for the children
- Termination of support
- Vacation homes and rental income associated with same
Judge sign-off on most — but not all — divorce agreements
Judges need to make certain the agreement is not the result of overreaching, fraud, or duress and is not a one-sided contract which would indicate that one of the parties may be taking advantage of the other. Since agreements can contain issues of child support and child custody, a Massachusetts Probate & Family Court Judge is required to peruse and uphold what is in "the best interest of the child."
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Our law firm offers an alternative to the high cost of divorce and family law matters. When it comes to drafting a separation agreement between you and your spouse, we believe that you should not have to drain your financial resources to get effective representation that you deserve. We handle all aspects of the agreement and, if you wish, represent you the day that you present your agreement to the court for judicial approval.
Additionally, we offer self-help and divorce paperwork services to those who wish to retain control over their own case, but simply choose to hire an attorney for specific services, such as drafting a settlement agreement. Learn more about our services and fees, and then call 1-800-910-DIVORCE to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to speak with one of our attorneys. You can also contact us online.