DIY Divorce: BEWARE!

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

I had a client come in last week who told me she came to see me for a consultation to learn about her rights in divorce BECAUSE her husband told her she didn’t need a lawyer.

Like my client, when you hear this from your spouse, bells and whistles should go off.  The dialogue goes something like this:

                HONEY, SINCE MONEY IS TIGHT, AND WE ARE DOING THIS 

                DIVORCE AMICABLY ANYWAY, I WILL PAY TO HAVE MYLAWYER

                DRAW UP SOME PAPERS.  AND SINCE WE AGREE ON EVERYTHING  

                ANYWAY, YOU CAN SAVE MONEY BY NOT HIRING YOUR OWN

                LAWYER.  I WILL EVEN PAY THE FILING FEE AT THE 

                COURTHOUSE.

If your spouse says this to you, run, don’t walk, to hire your own attorney.  Amicable divorces occur every day with two clients and two attorneys.  Mediation is required in Palm Beach County, Florida, where the parties can settle their differences, being fully advised in the law and of their respective rights.  Where one spouse has something to hide, is when the other spouse is told not to retain counsel.  BEWARE of a spouse you can no longer trust.

If you are thinking about divorcing in Palm Beach County, Florida, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561-835-9091 for information or click on the Firm’s web site at www.familylawwpb.com.

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