Last Updated on August 25, 2023 by Benson Varghese
If you are going through a divorce or custody case, you may have heard your attorney refer to a “Rule 11 Agreement.” In Texas, Rule 11 agreements are common in divorce, child custody, and other family law cases. But what is it and when might you need one? In this blog post, we will break it down for you and answer some frequently asked questions. But first, please take a moment to watch this video by family law attorney Turner Thornton.
What is a Rule 11 Agreement in a Divorce or Custody Case in Texas?
Why is it called a Rule 11?
What kind of issues can Rule 11 agreements resolve?
– child visitation schedules
– child support payment amounts
– property division
– debt division
– alimony/spousal support
– medical insurance
For example, let’s say that dad works weekends and he would like to change the visitation schedule so that he has the kids during the week instead of on weekends. Mom initially does not want to agree to this change, but after some negotiation between the attorneys, they are able to reach an agreement that is acceptable to both parties. The attorneys would then draft a Rule 11 agreement regarding the new visitation schedule, sign it, and file it with the court.
What else can Rule 11 agreements be used for?
What are the pros of a Rule 11 agreement?
The biggest benefit to this type of agreement is that it eliminates the need for court involvement. They allow the parties to resolve issues without going to court and having a hearing. It can be a very cost-effective way to resolve issues, since it saves on attorney fees and court costs.
What are the drawbacks of a Rule 11 agreement?
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