Only a judge can dissolve your marriage. The process can be long, costly and nerve-wracking, but you can significantly shorten and simplify it with a consensual settlement. This requires a divorce settlement agreement.
In this agree recorded by a notary, the still-married spouses mutually consent to the divorce, stipulate a parenting plan, settle child support or alimony payments, and agree on the distribution of the household goods and the use of the marital home. In addition, the agreement can settle inheritance and pension issues and the matrimonial property regime until the divorce is finalised.
If a pre- or postnuptial agreement already exists, it will govern the divorce settlement. Elaborate divorce settlement agreements are often unnecessary in these cases.