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Forms > List of Divorce Issues

List of Marital Settlement Issues

I.      PREAMBLE

A.      Identification of Parties to Agreement

B.      Date and Place of Marriage

C.      Separation Date

D.      Status of Court Filings

E.      Identification of Children

F.      Intentions in Coming to Agreement

1.      Settle All Issues Equitably
2.      Best Interests of Children

G.      Acknowledgment of Current Employment/Income Status

II.     PARENTING

A.      Decision Making (Legal Custody) and Primary Residence

B.      Weekly Residential Schedule

C.      Holiday and Vacation Periods (overall intention)

1.     Spring and Winter Vacations from School     

2.     Summers 

3.     Halloween (Trick or Treating; Costume)

4.     Thanksgiving Day/Weekend 

5.     Hanukkah 

6.     Christmas Eve/Day 

7.     New Year's Eve/Day 

8.     Easter 

9.     July 4th 

10.     Three Day Weekends resulting from school/legal holidays 

11.     Other Holidays 

12.     Children's Birthdays 

13.     Mother's and Father's Days 

14.     Parents' Birthdays 

15.     Flexible Time 

16.     Holiday Schedule Supersede Weekend Schedule

D.      Substitute Child Care Providers

E.      Transportation

F.      Prompt Exercise of Time with Child

G.      Right to Communicate with Child

H.      Fostering Affection and Respect

I.      Access to Information from Schools, etc.

J.      Parental Cooperation

K.      Parental Communication

L.      Safety and Security

M.      Future Conflict Resolution Process

N.      Future Review of Parenting Arrangements

1.      Annually

2.      Remarriage or Cohabitation of Either Parent

3.      Change in Employment Schedule

4.      Possible Future Moves

5.      Disability

6.      Child's Wishes

7.      Other

O.      Child Support 

P.      Responsibility for Extracurricular Activities, Sports Equipment, Lessons, Clothes

Q.      Education and Other Major Expenses for Children

R.      Medical/Dental Insurance

S.      Uninsured Medical Expenses

T.      Life Insurance (to protect support responsibility)

1.      Amount

2.      Beneficiary

U.      Dependent Deduction

V.      Gifts to Children

W.      Agreement to Make a Will

1.      Percent of Net Estate to the Children

2.      Legal Guardians

X.      Savings Accounts/Trusts for Children's Benefit

III.    SPOUSAL SUPPORT & INHERITANCE RIGHTS

A.      Beginning Date and Amount

B.      Duration

C.      Stepped Decreases

D.      Tax Implications

IV.
    PROPERTY AND DEBT DIVISION

A.      Distribution of Personal Property

B.      Pensions, Annuities, IRAs, Social Security, etc

C.      Distribution of Real Property

D.      Debts

E.      Income Tax Returns for the Current Year

F.      Prior Tax Liability

G.      Attorneys Fees and Costs

V.    MISCELLANEOUS

A.      Grandparents' Rights

B.      Pet Care/Expenses 

C.      Future Modifications

D.      Full Disclosure

E.      Legal Representation Advised by Mediator



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