By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
There are many misconceptions about the divorce process. You hear stuff from your friends and neighbors, but they are not lawyers. Here is a checklist of many common misinterpretations of the divorce laws in the state of Florida:
1. The mother does not always get the kids.
2. Your spouse’s attorney cannot also be your attorney.
3. You cannot handle your own divorce, unless you want to take a terrible chance of cheating yourself out of what you are entitled to.
4. If you are not seeing your kids, you still do need to pay child support.
5. If you lose your job, you still have to pay child support UNLESS you file a petition for modification.
6. Divorce final judgments/decrees CAN be modified and/or enforced.
7. Property that is in your name only may still be marital.
8. Children do recover from the trauma of divorcing parents.
9. ANY kind of lawyer cannot handle your divorce.
10. Divorce is not always adversarial.
11. Divorce is not always expensive.
12. A divorce can be done quickly by agreement of the parties.
13. Pension and retirement accounts may be marital and subject to distribution to both spouses regardless of whose name they’re in.
14. Inherited funds are yours to keep if not used for marital purpose or put into joint accounts.
15. An order of protection or restraining orders do work, unless you are dealing with a nut job.
For more information about this or any other divorce subject, call one of the attorneys at the Firm at 561-835-9091 or click on the ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. web site at www.familylawwpb.com.