This is important for the same fundamental reasons. First of all, the language can tell you where you need to go to get the deal. Note, however, that this may be a little more disruptive if the transaction contract has been included but not merged, as the Family Court is likely to retain jurisdiction over a number of ongoing issues, including child welfare. For example, if it were some custody in progress, it is likely that the family court would retain jurisdiction until the child had become emancipated. I`m representing Sally in her divorce from Sam. Sally and Sam signed a marriage contract. Although Maryland parents` law does not require paying for a child`s university education, Sally and Sam have both agreed to contribute to their son Seth`s education if certain criteria are met. In practical terms, the agreement states: “Each of the parties pays $5,000 per semester for Seth`s courses, as long as Seth is registered as a full-time student and holds an MPA of at least 3.5 in all of his courses for this semester. To the extent that a divorce judgment adopts a real estate transaction contract (i.e., the agreement is included and merged), it is a notice of approval that is valid and binding for the parties as if the court had done so without a provision or agreement of the parties. The court then reserves the right to amend the judgment for all legal reasons. Other courts refused to be bound by the parties` agreement, which was included in a divorce judgment but was not merged, thus limiting the change in custody. See Gravlin v Rupert, 2002 NY Int.
58, Decided May 7, 2002 Sometimes, during a divorce, the parties are able to reach an agreement. If they reach an agreement, they will develop a transaction agreement. After the contract is concluded, the parties are contractually bound to comply with the terms and conditions.  Although this language is subtly different, it can have a great influence on what will happen if you try to impose the decree. In other words, if you enter into a transaction agreement and the other party does not do what it needs to do, these words will determine what you need to do to get your former spouse to fulfill his or her obligations and if you can even force your former spouse to do what he or she promised. Had John and Suzy`s agreement been included but not merged into their final divorce order, John Suzy could have pursued the tuition in the contract. Nevertheless, the agreement is basically a contract and can be obtained by an action for breach by the civil court.  In other words, if your spouse refuses to play ball, you can complain. Under Virginia law, a separation agreement could be “integrated” into the parties` final divorce order.