Before filing for divorce, you and your partner must undergo a one-year legal separation. After reestablishing new routines and getting used to living apart, the two of you may not want to deal with a long, expensive divorce with multiple hearings and conferences through the court system. A divorce lawyer can help you or your partner draft documents relevant to the disintegration of your marriage, then present them to a notary for official authorization. Some family lawyers even do double duty as notaries, so you can get everything notarized in one convenient trip. From custody agreements to post-divorce property division, here are 3 documents a notary can sign.
Child Custody Schedule
If you and your partner can agree upon a child custody schedule, then there is no reason to request a trial in front of a judge. Have a divorce attorney create a document that includes everything you and your partner want. Make sure to include information about deviations to the standard schedule, such as holidays or vacations.
After establishing a schedule that works for both of you, the two of you can meet with the notary and sign off on the document. If you trust each other, you can each keep a copy of the notarized agreement and abide by its guidelines. For peace of mind, the two of you may want to send the notarized document to a judge and have him officially enter it into the court system. That way, you can file contempt of court against each other if one party violates the agreement.
After a divorce, some former couples decide to share custody of pets similarly to how they share time with their children. One pet owner may have primary custody of a cat, dog, or snake, with the other owner picking up the pet for a couple days every weekend. Pet owners may also opt to switch time equally, such as alternating time with the pet every other week or every few days. Whatever you decide, a notary can help make your agreement official.
A family court judge may be hesitant to finalize a pet custody schedule, which means violations to the schedule would have to be addressed in civil court. Meet with one of the divorce lawyers in your area to determine whether your region's court system recognizes pet visitation agreements.
Property Division Agreements
Some couples fight over houses and cars, while other divorcing duos don't really care who gets what. If you fall in the latter category, it may be easy for the two of you to divide property and compose an agreement. If some of the property was purchased on credit, your agreement should also address which party will take over the remaining payments.
After agreeing on property division, bring your paperwork to a notary, then have a divorce lawyer send the paper to a judge for finalization. This protects the two of you if one person stops making payments on a shared account or decides to take something that belongs to the other party.
If your divorce is fairly amicable or you simply want things done fast, talk to your family law attorney about working with a notary like Flett Manning Moore. You can have important documents notarized quickly and easily instead of spending months - or even years - arguing about custody and personal property in the courtroom.