The Post-Divorce-Parenting Glossary

Divorced-Parenting Term

Separation Agreement

   A separation agreement (also "settlement agreement”) is a contract between the two divorcing parent that spells out divorce issues such as property distribution, alimony, child custody arrangements, and child support.  It is signed in front of a notary public and is binding at the moment of signing.
   Enforcing the terms of the separation agreement likely requires a lawsuit to be filed against the other person.  Once a breach of contract, like unpaid child support, is found by the court, the person bring suit would ask the court to order the terms of the contract to be fulfilled.  Once the court has made such an order, the court could decide to us fines or imprisonment as a way to compel the offending person to comply.

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