Before you start
Get specific instructions if your agreement is about child custody and visitation, child support, or spousal support
The way to make your agreement a court order is similar no matter what the issue is you agree on. But, for some issues, like child custody and support, there are court forms you can use to write up your agreement.
Get the forms and specific instructions:
Write out the agreement
For some issues, like child custody and support, there is a court form you can use to write out your agreement. For other, there isn't a form.
You will need to write your own agreement. Then, you can attach your agreement to a cover sheet that you both sign.
Both of you sign the agreement
Both you and your spouse or domestic partner need to sign the agreement.
Make copies of the signed agreement
Make 2 copies of the agreement. The original is for the court. The copies are for you and your spouse or the child's other parent.
Submit the agreement to the court for a judge to sign and pay fee
Unlike other forms, agreements don’t get filed right away. A judge has to sign the agreement before it can be filed. You generally need to pay a filing fee.
Ask a clerk or someone at the Self-Help Center:
Where to bring the agreement to get a judge’s signature
How you can get the signed agreement back
How much the fee will be
It may take a couple days to get the signed copy back. Ask when you can return to get it back. Or leave a self-addressed stamped envelope for the clerk to mail it back to you.There is usually a fee to file an agreement. The fee is generally $20. If one of you hasn't paid their first filing fee ($435-450) that person may also need to pay this fee. If you can't afford the fee, you can ask for a fee waiver.
Get back signed agreement and give copy to other side
When you get back the signed agreement, it should have the judge's signature and a stamp that says "filed." It is now a court order. Give a copy to your spouse, domestic partner, or the other parent.
Once your agreement is filed, it’s a court order. This means you and the other person in your case who signed the agreement must follow the order.