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You can enter into marriage all starry-eyed and lovestruck, but this isn’t the way to enter into a marital settlement agreement in Tampa. While one signals the beginning of the relationship, the other concerns its ending. This agreement is the legally binding document that specifies all the details of the divorce, such as:
These basic issues often take a great deal of talking and negotiating before both sides can reach an agreement. It is best if you can work it out yourselves, rather than having a judge decide.
You want to have an attorney on your side who is working for you. It is not wise to try to handle this on your own and then write up an agreement. Choose a lawyer with significant experience in this area of the law. They can make sure your agreement provides you with what is fair and equitable, and they’ll take care to ensure the language protects you, too.
It is necessary to have your own attorney. It may seem cheaper to work it out between the two of you, or just have one lawyer, but the truth is, it will cost you in the end. This is not the time to let anyone else control your finances.
The other big issue is the children. No matter the relationship between you and your ex-spouse, the courts prefer that both parents are involved with the kids. This means contributing your share to their support, as well as spending quality time with them.
Of course, your input into your divorce is necessary, and your attorney will listen to what you want and make that a priority in any negotiations. However, this is a time when you want a clear and unbiased lawyer looking out for you.