In New York, Domestic Relations Law permits married couples who are divorcing or separating to enter into binding written agreements that outline their rights. Because the parties are agreeing, the parties may not ever see a Judge and may have very limited involvement with the Court. A Marital Separation Agreement (also referred to as a Stipulation of Settlement or Opting-Out Agreement) delineates the parties’ rights with respect to child custody, child support, maintenance, equitable distribution of marital assets and debts, counsel fees, and expert fees.
Marital Agreements are binding contracts that provide both parties with control over how the issues in their divorce matter should be handled. For the preparation of all marital agreements, both spouses should have independent and competent legal counsel and both spouses are entitled to request full financial disclosure.
At Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC, we focus on our clients’ goals from start to finish, making every effort to achieve them. We understand that our clients are the ultimate decision-makers in every situation because it is our clients who have to live with the outcome of the decisions made. It is the job of your legal team at Copps DiPaola Silverman, PLLC to equip you with the knowledge and competent legal advice to make you very comfortable with the decisions that you will be making along the way so that the resulting Marital Agreement is one that withstands the test of time.