While it does not happen with every case, it is possible to settle all of the issues that make up a divorce at the Mandatory Settlement Conference. If your case happens to settle at the MSC, it is very important that your attorney write everything down that was discussed while you are still at the courthouse. Since you spent a lot of your day in protracted negotiations, it is vital that what was agreed upon be written down immediately.
Don’t worry about the fact that the written agreement is not as “formal” as some of the documents you’ve seen thus far in your divorce. What is important is that you and your spouse sign the document as soon as possible.
Why the Rush?
- You want the settlement agreement to be signed right away, because you don’t want anyone to forget what was discussed. It’s as simple as that.
- There are also situations where someone may change their mind after they’ve thought about things for a little while. If you get the signature right away, then you don’t have to worry about someone talking themselves out of a decision later.
- Remember, nothing is final until the court approves it. Since you are the court, you have the advantage of having the court reporter put the agreement into the record right away. When the court convenes, the judge will look at the transcripts, ask questions, and then approve your agreement.
- It’s imperative that you understand everything at this point because you can’t go back later to change what you’ve agreed to. Once the judge is done speaking, your attorneys will prepare a Judgment of Stipulation, which you’ll sign.
Save Money by Signing the Agreement Right Away
On top of all of these reasons, signing the settlement agreement right away will save you in lawyer fees as well. Going to trial is expensive and settling is almost always a simpler and a less expensive way to wrap up a case.
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