Allows divorcing spouses to agree to the terms of their divorce. The agreement generally can cover property division, spousal (maintenance) support, child custody and visitation arrangements, and any other issues relevant to the divorcing couple. However, the parties may not agree on child support. Child support is the right of the child and is regulated by the state.
If the court decides that the agreement is fair to all concerned parties, the agreement may be signed into an order of the court as a final judgment of divorce.
This method of divorce is advantageous because it may lessen or even eliminate the need for court intervention. Furthermore, because it is in writing and agreed upon by both parties, they are often better able to adhere to its stipulations.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
The document that sets out the terms of a divorce settlement between two spouses. The marital settlement agreement (MSA) is usually incorporated into the final judgment issued by the judge so that it has the force of a court order.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:19 pm