Family law agreements are legally binding contracts that help both sides define their rights and responsibilities toward one another. They can cover all sorts of family law matters, including property division, parenting, spousal support and adoption.
Creating a solid, flexible and useful agreement can take time. A good agreement requires negotiation, communication, reasonableness and, often, compromise.
It also requires solid legal advice about your rights, and realistic advice as to when you may have to be flexible and when you need to stand firm to prevent the other side from taking advantage of you.
With 26 years of experience creating agreements that support our clients, we can help you come to an agreement that will help you move forward from the present, and will protect your rights in the future.
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Our lawyers can help you negotiate and prepare many kinds of agreements, including:
- Separation agreements: These contracts determine how you will deal with all issues of property, children and finances after your separation.
- Parenting agreements: We can help you define who will live with the children and have contact with them, as well as who will make major decisions on their behalf. A good parenting agreement must also be flexible enough to adapt as your children grow and your family’s needs change.
- Prenuptial and cohabitation agreements: A well-crafted prenuptial or cohabitation agreement can prevent a great deal of stress after a separation. However, it’s important to understand what can and cannot be decided in a prenup/cohabitation agreement. It’s also important to understand how the law applies to common-law couples, and how you can define your own terms for how interests in property will be determined if you separate, and be in charge of your own financial rules for the relationship.
For most family matters, resolving your differences through an agreement is usually a far more efficient and cost-effective way to settle disputes — or prevent them — than going to court.