Liars, and Cheaters and Fraud…Oh My!

by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

I once heard a divorce court judge address a courtroom full of lawyers, husbands and wives, court reporters and spectators, and what he said will never leave my memory…he said something to the effect that, this is divorce court.. everyone is lying.

Appraisers can place valuations of heirlooms to real estate to benefit the party who hires them…accountants can make the numbers say anything they want to…lawyers can interpret statutes and case law from their ownone sided  perspectives…financial affidavits of husbands and wives generally and regretably leave something off the asset column.  One can conclude divorce court is not an exact science.

So how do you reconcile the difficulties of litigation?  The first and best answer is to stay out of court.  At least in settlement talks the parties can determine their own destinies, like it or not.  The next best step is zealous advocacy.  Hire professionals who really on are your side and are dedicated to doing the best job possible for you.  This includes the accountant, the lawyer, the appraiser, the shrink, and private eye and anyone else you need to rely upon for zealous advocacy.

Lastly, you must not have personality conflicts involved in your case.  If you are not comfortable with your “team” do something about it before it is too late.  You can always change attorneys, CPAs, shrinks, etc.

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Child Time Sharing And Splitting Up Siblings

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By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

In Palm Beach County, when parents are separating and getting divorced, in a case where there are children, the Court does not really entertain what is in the best interests of the parents.  The focus remains on what is in the best interests of the children.  If a parent cannot serve the best interests of the children, then the other parent is given the greater amount of parental rights.

When it comes to time sharing, the court will consider the work schedules and residential location of the parents.  But more often than not, the Court will not split siblings unless there are unusual circumstances.  One such example of that may be if one of the children is an infant, and the other is a teenager.

Oftentimes teen age boys go to live with their father.  This can be by agreement of the…

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If you were the divorce court judge…

Originally posted on Hot Topics in Divorce Blog:

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

You’ve filed and served divorce papers to your spouse.  You’ve exchanged mandatory discovery documents for financial disclosure.  You’ve been to mediation with your lawyer, your spouse and your spouse’ lawyer and no agreement was reached.  Now it’s time to go to court.

If you were the judge, how would your rule?  You have to put yourself in the chair of the judge and think about it.  It is almost an out of body experience.

The judge sits there day in day out listening to lawyers argue the same thing: need and ability to pay for an award of alimony;  what is in the best interests of the child for living arrangements and time sharing; bickering attorneys trying to get advance attorneys fees to prepare for trial; deposition testimony, witness testimony, charts, graphs, accounting.  Judges have lots of discretion in the courtroom and…

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A Speedy Trial In Divorce Court?

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by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Getting divorced is a process, and the wheels of justice turn ever so slowly.  That is the answer to the question of a speedy trial in divorce court:  it is highly unlikely.  Here’s why:

1.  The first reason is that all divorcing couples in Palm Beach County must provide a financial affidavit backed up with documents called mandatory disclosure.  This includes things like pay stubs, tax returns, bank account statements, bills, and lots of other paper proof, including appraisals, mortgages, car loan documents and the list goes on and on.  These things take time to gather and there are mandatory deadlines along with extensions for good cause.  Often times you can’t rush those deadlines.

2.   Along with discovery of documents, comes depositions.  Each side has the opportunity to take the deposition of the other party, their witnesses and expert witnesses like the CPA, appraiser or the…

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