Divorce proceedings are sometimes acrimonious, with one of the most common points of contention being how assets and obligations should be shared. While court assistance is usually required to resolve such disputes, spouses are free to reach an arrangement on their own. In many cases, such agreements will emerge over the course of the litigation and will be brought to the court for approval before being written down. Oral agreements can be enforced, but only in particular circumstances, as a recent Florida ruling demonstrated. If you’re thinking of filing for divorce, it’s a good idea to consult with an experienced Florida lawyer to see what steps you can take to safeguard your rights.
The Divorce Court Case
It is alleged that the husband and wife were going through a divorce. The wife filed a motion for interim relief. During the hearing on the matter, her counsel requested a brief recess, indicating that the parties had been discussing the potential of reaching an agreement on a global settlement. The parties returned about an hour later, indicating that they had achieved an agreement.