CASE OF THE MONTH: Divorce Your Spouse, Not Your Child

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

I had a client come in who was married to an airline pilot.  She said her husband came home one day and packed his things and left saying he was “done and owtta here”.    His teenage son was standing in the kitchen after school while all this was going on.

No one knew it at the time, but this  father would not have contact with his son for more than 3 years.  The mother receives a child support check every month.   What are the ramifications of this case?

First, the marriage was irretrievably broken and a divorce was granted.  But more important than that, the son blames himself for driving his father out of his life.  When he is done acting out on that, he blames his mother for driving his father out of his life.

Needless to say, this teenager has been in trouble with the law, does poorly in school and has self esteem issues.   While the real blame should be on the father himself.  What was he thinking?  He single handedly ruined this child, perhaps for life.

If you want a divorce, you will get a divorce.  But don’t turn your back on your children.  For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 51-835-9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at


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