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Before you agree to your divorce settlement

Coming to an agreement that works for both spouses may be one of the biggest challenges of a Michigan divorce. The approach toward this settlement should be no different than any other contract, where a person would read each of the terms and go over fine print so that no details are missed. This is especially true for the divorce settlement because the outcome affects quality of life, financial health and many other factors in the months and years after the final order.

The settlement is not necessarily just a document outlining how spouses want property and debt to be divided. According to The Huffington Post, it also may affect the outcome of future legal conflicts the couple may have. This underlines the importance of ensuring that every word is chosen carefully, to reduce the chances that either party may misunderstand or take advantage of a poorly structured sentence.

Forbes magazine notes that one way to make sure that nothing gets left out during the process of property division is to be as organized as possible when collecting the documents that will contribute to the drafting of the settlement. Gathering and providing these is essential to a fair agreement, and tasks such as setting up a financial plan and closing joint accounts are key when determining what each party will need from the settlement in order to maintain a balanced future.

Not only does organization help prevent overlooking an asset or a debt, it may also help a person who is struggling with the emotional fallout of the separation. Having deliberate, concrete steps to take may provide a plan of action that is not subject to the ups and downs common in divorce.

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