Going through a Divorce? You probably want a CR2A, but what exactly is it? CR2A refers to Court Rule 2, a Washington State Civil Rule which governs enforceable agreements made out of court. Basically, if you sign an agreement during mediation, or prior to a trial; and your attorneys sign as well, that deal is enforceable in court. CR2As are an extremely powerful legal tool used in the resolution of your dissolution.
The rule specifically states “No agreement or consent between parties or attorneys in respect to the proceedings in a cause, the purport of which is disputed, will be regarded by the court unless the same shall have been made and assented to in open court on the record, or entered in the minutes, or unless the evidence thereof shall be in writing and subscribed by the attorneys denying the same.” So if it isn't signed, it won't be enforceable.
When you resolve your divorce dispute out of court, you will almost always sign a CR2A while the final documents are being drafted. If you go to mediation, the mediator's goal is to help you both walk away with a CR2A to resolve your disputes. If either party violated the CR2A it is enforceable in the same way that a final court order is enforceable, and the party violating it may be required to pay costs and attorney's fees for failing to follow the agreement.
It is our goal to help our clients settle their disputes as efficiently and expediently as possible, which is why we use all out of court tools at our disposal prior to resorting to trial. In fact, many courts require that mediation is attempted prior to resorting to court action, except under certain circumstances (such as domestic violence).
We understand that divorce can be a harrowing experience emotionally, physically, financially and logistically, which is why we have lawyers here to help. Having an experienced divorce lawyer can make all the difference to your process. Because we focus solely on family law, we understand the dynamics and can help guide you through your divorce. Please contact Elise Buie Family Law Group, PLLC for a free consultation regarding your divorce. For more information about collaborative divorce or mediation please visit our website.