An agreed divorce is the best possible resolution to a bad situation. A divorce is generally considered to be “agreed” if the two parties have a mutual agreement as to all of the terms of the settlement without the need for a trial or court involvement.
The terms of a divorce settlement include agreement about the division of assets and debts. If minor children are involved, the agreement would also apply to custody, visitation, and child support.
If you and your spouse have agreed on all of the essential terms, then your divorce will be much less expensive and much faster to resolve. With regard to visitation and child support, the parties may simply agree to abide by the “standard order” for visitation and the State of Texas child support calculator.
The most important document in every divorce case is the Final Decree of Divorce. That document is a court order that formally terminates the marriage. It is the document you will rely on to make sure you are fulfilling your obligations and that you will rely on to enforce your ex-spouses obligation in the event of a dispute in the future.
Even if your divorce is agreed, we highly recommend that you hire a lawyer to handle it for you because it is essential that all important issues are included in the Petition for Divorce. If any issues are missing, the court may refuse to include those terms in the Final Decree.
For the same reason, you should always hire a lawyer to prepare the Final Decree of Divorce—even if there is an agreement on all the terms. The accuracy and wording of the Final Decree is absolutely crucial in the event you have to return to court at a later date to enforce it.
Our experienced Bastrop divorce lawyers can help you navigate the agreed divorce process in a cost-effective way as quickly as possible.