15 Aug, 2016

How Enforceable Is Your Divorce Agreement?

By | August 15th, 2016|Collaborative Divorce, Divorce and Children, Divorce Finances, Divorce Mediation Process|

The agreement is finally signed. The ink is drying. The divorcing parties want to let out a big sigh that it’s finally over. But is it? Last month, I wrote that there is no such thing as a gentleman’s agreement, but what about when you have a signed and duly acknowledged agreement? Good lawyering is, among other things, the art of utilizing words in the most poignant and effective manner. Words, sentences, and terms are carefully calibrated; their misuse can have a (more...)

11 Jul, 2016

There’s No Such Thing as a Gentlemen’s Agreement…and Then Some!

By | July 11th, 2016|Divorce Finances, Divorce Mediation Process, Separation Agreements|

Often when couples first begin talking about divorce, they come up with their own agreement: “I'll take this, and you’ll take that…I’ll be responsible for this, and you’ll be responsible for that.” Sometimes, they recruit a mutual friend to play makeshift mediator, and then somewhat live under the terms of the agreement they contrive. However, this agreement is unenforceable, as it is usually either a gentleman’s agreement or one written, but not signed, notarized, and acknowledged in the manner required by the (more...)

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