What is a Marriage Settlement Agreement (MSA)?
Marriage Settlement Agreement (MSA) is an agreement between the parties wherein they agree on certain issues on property division, alimony, child support, custody and visitation. This is intended to govern their relationship and will provide evidence to the Court of their terms of the relationship. This agreement is preferably drawn up before the filing of the divorce case and is better integrated in the Divorce Decree to be issued by the Court so that it becomes part of the Court Order and enforceable by the Court. If you do not incorporate the MSA in the Court Decree, any violation of the MSA may have to be settled or decided in a separate court action.