Agreements can be reached in all aspects of family law, from child custody, division of assets, to prenuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, de facto agreements and child support agreements. The benefit of reaching an agreement with the other party is that it can be constructed in a way that is precisely tailored to your individual circumstances.
In general, reaching an agreement is better than leaving the determination to a judge who does not know you or your family.
Courts are unlikely to provide the same level of nuance and detail in an order, which is something you can expect from a negotiated agreement. Agreements about children or property division can be prepared as Orders to be made by consent, and submitted for the Family Court’s approval and once made are then just as enforceable as an Order made by a Judge in a contested court proceeding.
We frequently draft agreements of all types and would be happy to help you “think outside the box” to address the concerns you have and suggest resolutions that meet the needs of you and your family.
Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about agreements in your family law situation.