What Is a Global Agreement in a Divorce Case?

By Beverly Bird

When something is global, it addresses or involves every aspect of an issue. If you're divorcing, reaching a global agreement with your spouse generally means you've had a meeting of the minds on how to sever or tie up every possible string that holds you together. This includes custody and child support, if you have children. It also covers property division, debt division and alimony. It addresses retirement plans, the marital home – even disposition of a business, if you own one. Some states, such as New Jersey, don't use the word "global." They refer to such an agreement as "comprehensive."

The Result

If you have a global or comprehensive settlement agreement, you have an uncontested divorce. In some states, such as California, you won't even have to go to court – you can submit the agreement to a judge for signature and approval, and you'll be divorced. If you and your spouse disagree on even one small thing – such as how to structure parenting time so you can each see your children on holidays – your agreement isn't global, and you'll likely have to go to trial to have the judge decide any remaining issues.

The Alternative

Contested divorces typically take longer and cost more. The more issues you and your spouse disagree on, the more the process costs and the longer it takes. But negotiating a global agreement can take time as well. If you can reach an agreement before you or your spouse files for divorce, you can usually streamline the proceedings considerably.

Divorce is never easy, but we can help. Learn More
Divorce is never easy, but we can help. Learn More
How Long Does it Take to Complete a Divorce?
 

References

Related articles

How Long Does a Legal Separation Take?

Legal separation comes in two forms -- separation by agreement, or separation by judicial process. Which type of separation you're eligible for generally depends on where you live. Some states allow for separation by judicial process and others do not. In either case, the speed with which you can become officially separated depends on how quickly you and your spouse can iron out a resolution of the issues involved in your marriage.

What Is the Process for Getting a Divorce in GA?

Most states share similar divorce procedures. In all jurisdictions, a complaint for divorce is required to begin the proceedings. One spouse must file it with the court, and in most cases, the other spouse will answer it. The two parties then exchange financial information and either reach a settlement or go to trial for a judge to decide the terms of their divorce for them. Georgia also requires special attention to parenting issues during the divorce process.

Legal Separation in West Virginia

West Virginia is fairly accommodating if you're looking for a legal way to separate from your spouse. The state's legislature provides three means of doing so. The option you choose may depend on how amicable your separation is and whether you eventually intend to divorce.

Get Divorced Online

Related articles

New Hampshire Uncontested Divorce Requirements

An uncontested divorce is exactly what it sounds like: neither spouse is objecting to the dissolution of the marriage. ...

Can You Rush a Divorce in Any Way?

Some people are as eager to get their divorces over with as they were to get married in the first place. If you're one ...

How to Prepare for a Divorce Trial

When two people weave all aspects of their lives together in marriage, separating the strands so they can divorce can ...

How to Handle Your House in a Divorce

Even more than pensions and other retirement accounts, a couple’s home is usually the most significant and expensive ...

Browse by category
Ready to Begin? GET STARTED