whatever_works wrote:You are absolutely right in your suspicions. My wife has tried that on me as well. The only way to protect yourself is to work with your attorney and do a hand written agreement and put it in front the judge. Have your attorney detail the agreement to the judge, then work out the details offline. And if the other party changes when hashing out the details, you go back.
That is my understanding from the court dates so far.
You are throwing away some leverage if you are declining to negotiate at the last minute. I understand some scenarios are too complicated but in most cases you should know what you would settle for and you should be prepared to take that deal. The fact is, bait and switch applies to both parties. Not that you should, but you could.
lovingfatherof2 wrote:What state are you in again?
You have this kind of backwards. At the 11th hour your attorney presents OC with a settlement agreement just before going in front of the judge. Not the other way around.
AtticusFinch wrote:I've already made a reasonable offer to the mother
AtticusFinch wrote:Was the handwritten agreement reviewed by the judge in open court, as part of the record? Did the judge have any input? When you say "if the other changed something, you go back to court", how was this insured? I'm asking because it seems to me the worst thing would be to lose your place in the court line and have to go back to the beginning.
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