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.

For more information about this or other hot divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at for more information.

Divorce Consultations Are Very Telling

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By Robin Roshkind, Esquire West Palm Beach, Florida

If you are not sure about the state of your marriage, it can never hurt to SECRETLY consult with a divorce lawyer.  A consultation will do many things:  it will help you understand your marital rights;  it will help you determine how to protect your assets and your children;  it will help you decide whether to go to marriage counseling, reconcile, or move forward with the divorce, and further, when and how to time the filing for divorce.

Divorce lawyers ask a lot of questions.  They also provide a lot of information which can ease your mind.  For a complete list of documents to bring to a consultation, see the Firm’s web site at for more information, or call one of the divorce lawyers at 561-835-9091.

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Making Decision To Divorce

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by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Remember the way you felt when you knew  you wanted to marry your spouse?  You were about to make a life changing decision.   Making the decision to divorce is even more difficult.  It is life changing for certain, but to put it bluntly, it is messy and unpleasant even under the best of circumstances.

If you are not sure what to do, but you know something is not right with the marriage, first consult with a marriage counselor or therapist.  Or if there is an open line of communication with your spouse, try to discuss the situation with him/her.  Of course, where there is drinking or drug use, or abuse and violence, this will not work.  But know that it is a process to get to the point where you know you want to consult with a divorce lawyer about your legal…

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One Spouse Wants Divorce, Other Does Not…

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

If you have decided to move out and on from your bad marriage, according to Florida law, you DO NOT have to ask your spouse for permission to divorce.  You just need to meet the residency requirement of the State of Florida, which is living here more than 6 months, and you need to declare in your divorce petition and also in open court at final hearing that irreconcilable differences exist between the parties.

However, your spouse must have his/her due process rights protected, so you either must serve divorce papers through the sheriff or a process server, OR your spouse must waive service of process by signing and filing a waiver.   If you have decided to divorce but are not sure of the procedure, contact one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561-835-9091 or look for more information on the Firm’s web site at