When a handshake is not enough
Sometimes, post-judgment, after the dissolution process has faded into a distant memory, the situation of one or both parties changes. I have seen too many situations where the parties agree to make certain changes but do not reduce it to a formal order because they don’t want to incur the cost, or because they don’t want to upset the other party. Then, sometime later, one party insists on following the order and the other party comes to me asking for help. By then, it is often too late to do anything.
Sometimes these handshake agreements are absolutely fine, but there are situations where they absolutely should not be relied on:
Often, parties worry about incurring a cost of a motion and going back to Court. However, if both parties agree, it is a relatively simply matter of writing it up and submitting it to the Court. With an agreement, there will be no motion and no need to appear in Court.