A Side Deal is No Deal

In any type of court case, the only provisions and terms of a settlement deal that are enforceable are those expressly set forth in the written contract.  In divorce, child custody, child visitation and spousal or child support the contract is usually referred to as a stipulation of settlement or separation agreement.  I have had clients who have told me they were willing to sign deals that gave them little to nothing because he or she trusts his or her spouse to take care of him or her for life.  If your spouse intends to do right by you, why wouldn’t your spouse be willing to put in it in writing? Exactly, because he or she plans on screwing you over sooner or later without being held accountable, and there is nothing you can do after signing the agreement giving up everything you may otherwise be entitled to. Read more