By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
Yes, you can have a partial final marital settlement agreement which becomes part of your final judgment for divorce.
Here is how it goes: All parties to a divorce in Palm Beach County must attend mediation to attempt a fair and reasonable settlement of the issues between the husband and wife. At mediation, three things are possible: either a full, global settlement of everything; a totally unresolved divorce; or a partial agreement on some of the issues.
This partial agreement becomes part of a final judgment of dissolution of marriage. The remaining issue or issues get to be presented before the divorce court judge.
For example, let’s say a couple is in agreement over the equitable division of marital assets and debts, but cannot agree on a time sharing arrangement that is in the best interests of the child. They sign a partial marital settlement agreement dividing all the assets and debts between them. Then they litigate what each believes is in the best interests of the children so the court will then decide those issues. That judge’s decision along with the partial settlement agreement becomes the total final judgment of divorce in the form of a court order signed by the judge.
For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at http://www.familylawwpb.com for more information.