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What are your options if your significant other refuses to sign the Settlement Agreement?

When Settlement goes out the window

It is an unfortunate fact that not all divorces are capable of settlement. This may be due to a number of factors such as acrimony between the parties, differing expectations, or even the desire to try to restore the marriage relationship.

In most cases it is important for the process to continue despite the apparent lack of settlement. Here are some of the options available to you if your spouse refuses to sign the Settlement Agreement. This list is not exhaustive and only outlines some of the available options.

Option 1 – Proceed with Summons

Proceeding with Summons will commence the litigation process, and will usually lead to a contested divorceA divorce process where the parties are unable to come to an Agreement. In a contested divorce the Court is called upon to adjudicate upon the terms of the divorce..

Option 2 – Negotiation

It may well be the case that your spouse intends to submit a reasonable and bona fide counter-offer. In these cases, it might be worthwhile to consider entering into a negotiation phase wherein both parties will have the opportunity to ventilate their respective wishes and concessions.

Option 3 – Mediation

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What are the options when your significant other does not want to sign the settlement agreement?

What are the options when your significant other does not want to sign the settlement agreement?

 

 

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Mervyn Vermeulen
Mervyn Vermeulen
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Mervyn Vermeulen is the founder and director of Vermeulen Attorneys. He specializes in Family Law, Labour Law, and Litigation.

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