By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
In divorce cases, sometimes the problems are caused by opposing counsel. We divorce lawyers have an obligation to represent our clients diligently, to the best of our knowledge and ability. We also have liability and the Florida Bar breathing down our legal necks.
So even though we may not want to do certain things in the representation of our divorce clients, even though we may want to avoid running up our client’s attorneys fees, we may have to. That is when I often suggest agreed orders.
If there is a mediation, instead of going to court for an order, I get an agreed order from opposing counsel. In discovery requests, instead of doing nasty motions to compel, I like to do agreed orders giving the other party time to gather the documents. On motions for extension of time, I ask for an agreed order stating when the extension will run. I try as much as possible to defuse disputes with the opposing party by asking or demanding agreed orders. I also expect the same courtesy from my colleagues.
Agreed orders are signed by the judge and submitted into the court file. They are as enforceable as if they came from a court hearing. If you are planning on getting a divorce in Palm Beach County, Florida, 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 for more information.