When parties enter into a marital settlement agreement or into a stipulated judgment for divorce, it becomes a judgment when the judge signs it. Later, if the parties disagree on the meaning of the judgment, a family court judge will analyze the judgment to determine its meaning. This analysis starts by the judge reviewing the agreement itself. If the agreement is clear, then the court will make a determination based on the language. This is often referred to as the four corners of the document. If the language is vague, then the court will review the extrinsic circumstances–how did the parties act, what did they say when they signed, what was at issue, and anything else the court deems relevant. The court will review anything that helps define the agreement’s ambiguity.
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Although the posting of this information can be considered free legal advice for an Orange County divorce, it does not guarantee a result. There may be other circumstances that play a significant role in any dissolution which may alter the outcome of a divorce. A divorce lawyer will be knowledgeable about the significance of facts. Those factors should be reviewed and argued by a family law attorney in Orange County.
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