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Can You Reach a Divorce Settlement Before You File?

Can You Reach a Divorce Settlement Before You File?

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Divorce requires several issues to be settled. If you and your spouse are able to settle them between yourselves before filing for divorce, it can make the entire process easier and quicker. An attorney can help ensure that your rights are represented and the appropriate paperwork is filed.

Whether you’ve known this was coming for a while or your circumstances recently changed, filing for divorce is a big step. There are many decisions to be made and possible disagreements to be worked out. It can all feel quite overwhelming. No matter what stage of the divorce process you are in, an experienced Huntsville family lawyer can help you. Perhaps you and your soon to be ex-spouse have already worked out an agreement and want to know what your next steps should be. 

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorces

Some couples aren’t able to agree on the significant issues of alimony, child support, child custody, or the division of assets and debts. These soon to be exes will file a contested divorce and let the court decide their future. If at some point, before the court’s decision is final, they are able to reach agreements; they can change their filing to an uncontested divorce.

Other couples will work out their differences and can file an uncontested divorce. This type of divorce is preferable for many reasons. It takes less time than a contested divorce, is generally less expensive, and gives each spouse more control over their future.

Reaching a Divorce Settlement

If you plan to file an uncontested divorce, you can reach a settlement before or after you file. If you are at a point where you can agree on the issues in your divorce before you file, it will make your life much easier. You can file your settlement agreement, signed by you and your spouse, at the same time your divorce is filed. Be sure to have your Huntsville family attorney review this agreement so that you can understand how it will impact you in the future. 

Your attorney will type up your divorce documents that are required by your specific county. Once they are signed, your attorney files them with the court.  With this agreement, your divorce begins as an uncontested divorce. There are no contested issues since everything has been agreed upon and placed in a contract or settlement agreement. As long as the judge doesn’t see anything that could be unfair, unlawful, or otherwise questionable, they will usually sign off on your agreement without the need for a hearing. 

Huntsville Family Lawyer 

Whether you and your soon to be ex-spouse have already worked out an agreement or are still working on one, we are here to help. We take on all sorts of divorce cases with the goal of helping you and your family secure the future you deserve. You can schedule a free divorce consultation with an experienced Huntsville family lawyer today. Call Cloud, Ryan & Rouse at 256-801-1000, or use our online contact form.

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