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Is settling your divorce out of court a viable option?

On Behalf of | May 12, 2020 | family law

In many situations, it is possible to settle a divorce out of court. You and your spouse may be able to work through the details of your divorce settlement on your own, avoiding litigation and having more control over the terms of your final order. You have the right to create a divorce order that works for your unique situation, but your agreement is still subject to court approval.

It’s important to craft a settlement that is fair and reasonable, or you may have to go back to the drawing board. Additionally, a hastily crafted agreement that doesn’t make sense long-term could leave you exposed to the risk of additional fighting and post-divorce complications. If you are thinking of settling your divorce on your own in conjunction with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, we are happy to help you learn more about divorce settlements.

A strong divorce agreement

When developing a fair divorce agreement, it’s important to think long-term. This is the foundation of a strong final order. Your emotions during divorce are valid, but temporary feelings are not always the best indications of what will truly make sense in the future. Settling does not mean that you and your spouse have to already agree on each issue, but it does mean that both parties should be committed to negotiations, productive conversations or even alternative dispute resolution.

Once you come to an agreement that is satisfactory to all parties, we will then go to a hearing for review by a judge. There will be a careful review of all the terms included, such as those pertaining to child custody, property division, child support, spousal support and more. As long as there are no significant issues with your agreement, it will likely get approval from the court.

Thoroughness is key

One component of a strong divorce agreement is thoroughness. In your settlement, you have to address everything from your finances to your kids, and it’s possible to overlook things that could be pertinent in the future. This is why it is helpful to have an experienced legal ally advocating for your interests, even if you are not going to court.

We know there is a lot at stake in a divorce, which is why we offer fair and honest legal counsel for our Pennsylvania clients. We are committed to addressing the things that matter to you, listening to your goals and helping you pursue terms that will ensure stability and security for your post-divorce future.