By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
I can only speak for the 15th Judicial Circuit in and for Palm Beach County, Florida, because that is where I practice divorce law…but here, there are certain court ordered procedures that MUST be completed, or the judge will not grant a divorce, whether or not it is amicable settlement or by trial. Here are the requirements:
1. A financial affidavit of both parties must be in the court file.
2. If there are children of the marriage, a parenting class certificate must be in the court file indicating that both parents have taken and completed the required 4 hour parenting class either on line or in person.
3. The parties MUST attend mediation to attempt a settlement prior to appearing before the judge for temporary support issues such as residency of the children, child support amounts and alimony and attorneys fees.
4. If there are children, a child support calculation worksheet must accompany the final paper work in the divorce case.
Sometimes in a divorce case there are other court orderred procedures such as a status check on the matter or a second mediation. For more information about this or other 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 www.familylawwpb.com.