When Does Your Child Need An Attorney?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

You are going through a divorce and your and your spouse cannot agree.  Well that is why you are splitting anyway.  But it is more severe than that.  You have a child or children and don’t know how to deal with them.  When one or both parents are adversarial to the child, the child may get an attorney of his/her own to advocate for the best interests of the child.  For example,  if the parents wish to invade a trust for the child,  in protecting an inheritence, college fund, separate bank accounts from either or both parents, an attorney is needed for the child.  It is usually where one or both the parents wish to claw back monies given to the child over time or by inheritence and the child’s interests are threatened that is when a child needs their own attorney.

The court will direct which parent or both will pay for these legal services.  If the child has big assets, it may even come from the child’s own funds.  For more information about this or other divorce topics in Palm Beach County, 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.

What Is A Guardian Ad Litem?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Where there are children in a divorce situation, often times the court will appoint, upon motion of either parent , a guardian ad litem to advise the court as to what is in the best interests of the child/ren.  In order for the judge to appoint a guardian ad litem, there has to be some detriment to the child under the present circumstances; either abuse, abandonment or neglect.  If the child is harmed by physical violence, exposed to drugs or sex, has bruises, goes to school dirty or shows signs of disease, these are the types of cases where a guardian ad litem may be asked to do an investigation and write a report of recommendations to the judge.

Guardians are used in custody situations.  They have to be qualified in some manner to serve.  Sometimes they are even attorneys, but do not act as advocates, but rather as advisors to the court.  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 for more information.

What Is A Parenting Plan?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

In divorce court, the job of the judge is to protect the children.  One of the ways is to get the parents to agree on a course of action whereby they both will have a fulfilling relationship with their children.  The court has devised a parenting plan template which takes into consideration the time sharing of each parent, by agreement.  Judges do not like to micro manage people’s lives, so if they can agree to a time sharing arrangement on their own, judges prefer that.

A time sharing plan takes into consideration the work schedules of the parents, the school schedules of the children, the after care programs, sports programs, and other activities of the children.  It also puts forth a workable schedule for holidays such as which parent gets to spend Christmas eve with the kids, who gets to spend Christmas Day…who get Thanksgiving Day this year, who next year…what to do on the child’s birthday, and so on.

Parenting plans are very specific as to time for pick up and drop off and locations.  This works especially well where the parents do not live closeby to each other.  It even can regulate expenses for children’s travel on air planes.  Parenting plans become court orders and are usually accompanied by default schedules put forth by the court.  Both are enforceable by a judge to protect the child’s relationship with both parents. 

If you are thinking about getting divorced in Palm Beach County, consult with 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.

What Is A Parenting Coordinator?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

The courts have a job to do in divorce…sure the judge rules on the split of assets and debts…but more importantly, the judge’s job in divorce court is to protect children of the marriage.  There are several ways to do this and one way is to use a parenting coordinator.

This is a specially trained social worker or psychologist graduate who works with parents to smooth over time sharing issues.  The parties can turn to this third person, if and when there are problems with pick up and drop off of children, after care programs, supervision for parents with their children, domestic violence issues and so on.

Working with a parenting coordinator helps parents who cannot deal with each other easily, or who have a tendency to use children as pawns to get to the other parent.   Parenting coordinators generally do not work with the children themselves.  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 for more information.

Should You SPY On Your Spouse???

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

There are many ways to get information about your spouse if you want it…you can attach a GPS to the car, you can have a forensic computer tech duplicate a hard drive, you can look at the cell phone while he/she is in the shower, you can search the dating web sites to find your spouse’ photo, you can hire a private investigator to follow him/her to work and then home again…there are many ways to get information.

But before you go through all this trouble and perhaps a great expense, be sure what you are looking for has legal significance.  In the state of Florida, adultery in and of itself is not relevant.  However, if they are spending great amounts of money on a paramour is;  where a person works, if they work, where they take a child, what property they own, driving records, alcoholism, criminal records, all are relevant in various issues of divorce.  Those issues could be spending marital monies, driving while intoxicated with a child in the back seat, saying there is no income while the person goes to work everyday, and a host of other issues in divorce court.

I am of the opinion that information never hurt anyone, especially someone going through a divorce.  So I am all for it.  But if you are considering spyware on your spouse, be clear about what you are looking for and how it will help your divorce case.

If you are thinking about getting divorced in Palm Beach County, 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.