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Divorce settlement terms could affect New York residents' lives

Many New York residents may view the final steps toward the end of their divorce proceedings as the light at the end of the tunnel. However, individuals may wish to remember that the final decisions made during divorce proceedings could have impacts for years to come. A divorce settlement may dictate what obligations ex-spouses may continue to have, and as a result, understanding that settlement may be of the utmost importance.

When the settlement agreement is being drafted, individuals may want to speak up when they feel there is an issue. Some parties may notice a loophole in the wording of the document that could cause problems in the future, and pointing out that concern could help avoid conflict. Additionally, if the agreement seems confusing, asking questions and getting clarification could also help individuals ensure that they and their ex-spouses are following the settlement terms. 

Of course, there may be times in the future in which one individual may ask the other party to go against the terms of the agreement as a favor. An individual may agree to such an action, but that action does not mean that the agreement terms have permanently changed. The party is not obligated to continue with the favorable action in the future, and if conflict comes about, citing the settlement agreement may be a wise step.

A divorce settlement could play a bigger role in the lives of the divorcing parties than originally expected. Therefore, it is important that New York residents clearly understand what is expected of them and their ex-spouses. Speaking with experienced divorce attorneys could help individuals work toward their desired settlement terms as well as draft a solid agreement.

Source: The Huffington Post, "You & Your Divorce Settlement Agreement- BFFs", Al Corona, July 12, 2016

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