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NJ Divorce and Property or Matrimonial Settlement Agreements - When Is The Right Time to Have Them Drafted

Jul 10, 2016 @ 05:50 PM — by Michael Green

NJ Divorce and Property or Matrimonial Settlement Agreements - When Is The Right Time to Have Them Drafted.  The answer is, as soon as the parties agree to terms.  If you are seeking an uncontested divorce and the parties agree on the terms of their divorce regarding child custody, child support, alimony or spousal support and equitable distribution of property, including terms for 401ks, IRAs, pensions or other retirement accounts, and distribution of the marital residence and personalty e.g. jewelry, then you can draft your property settlement agreement or matrimonial settlement agreement right away.  Very often, we draft an initial agreement with the terms our client wishes and present that to the other party to get the parties moving towards settlement and to start framing the discussion as to what a settlement and its terms will look like in this particular New Jersey divorce. 

Last Minute Changes to a Property or Matrimonial Settlement Agreement by Divorce Lawyers in Family Law Cases - The Process

Nov 10, 2015 @ 09:08 AM — by Michael Green

It  is not at all unusual for parties to make last minute changes to their Property or Matrimonial Settlement Agreement.  Generally, upon the parties agreeing upon all the terms of their divorce in the form of an agreement, the parties' divorce attorneys or divorce lawyers or family lawyers will contact the court to schedule the put through of an uncontested divorce.  However, between that time and arriving at court, and sometimes upon arrival at court, the parties may have decided to change the agreement.  Provided they have not yet signed off on the agreement, one party or the other may wish to write into the agreement a change. At the uncontested hearing, both parties will receive a copy of the fully executed agreement and a copy of the Final Judgment of Divorce which has been entered by the Court.  In New Jersey, the parties receive a gold seal on their Judgment of Divorce with the signature of the court.