Resolving Disputes

Agreements

Agreements allow parties to decide for themselves how to resolve their issues. An agreement can cover issues such as custody, access, support, and division of family property. Agreements may also include other terms. For example, an agreement may state that neither party will have any claim on the other’s estate if one dies without a will.

Before entering into an agreement it is important that both parties understand what they are agreeing to and the alternatives that are open to them. The information on this site can help parties understand the issues but each party should consult their own lawyer before signing any agreement. A lawyer can ensure that the agreement says what the parties want it to say and that the agreement will be enforceable. A lawyer will also advise the parties of their legal rights. If the agreement deals with family property each party must have independent legal advice for the agreement to be enforceable. See Getting Legal Help for information on finding a lawyer.