By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
Signing divorce papers can be wrought with fright and rightfully so. You may be asked to sign papers in a mediation setting. Or at your lawyers office. Or in the courtroom. Or in the courthouse hallway.
You may be asked to sign a sworn statement, such as your financial affidavit, which needs a notary. Or you may be asked to sign a quit claim deed which requires two witnesses and a notary.
It is necessary for both you and your spouse to sign a marital settlement agreement. So what does all this signing of documents mean? First, you are signing that you read and understood every word. If English is your second language, you need to take special care to understand what it is that you are signing. In extreme cases, an interpreter is used or the document is translated into your first language. Without reading AND understanding, the document may fail.
Secondly, you have to have a clear head when you sign. You cannot be under duress…i.e. sign this or you lose your children…type of duress. You can not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Signing also indicates full disclosure and your knowledge of all the facts. Lastly, signing documents means that you intend to be bound and agree with the terms and will follow the terms of the documents. If not the other party has the right to enforce the terms against you in the future.
It is very serious business, the signing of divorce court documents. So consult a lawyer before you sign. For more information call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561-835-9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at http://www.familylawwpb.com.