Prenuptial Agreements and the 30 DAY RULE

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

If you are thinking about getting married for the first time or remarried, if you have assets, it is important to protect them.  That is where the prenuptial agreement can help you, especially if you already have children from another relationship.

The prenuptial agreement predetermines death issues as well as divorce issues.  I work with estate planning counsel and tax advisors to assure clients the protections they require.   This is a highly skilled process and it determines the rest of your life.

I also want to observe the 30 day rule:  the prenuptial agreement must be negotiated, worked out and agreed upon by the fiance, at least 30 days prior to the wedding.  This gives the fiance time to reflect, time to seek independent tax advice and legal counsel without pressure.   If you want more information, come in to see me.  Call 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at http://www.familylawwpb.com for more information.

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Does Jewelry From Bad Marriage Have Bad Karma???

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Many people believe that jewelry from a marriage gone bad, or a doomed relationship has bad karma.  For some reason, jewelry may carry bad spirits, bad luck, or cause bad things to happen if you wear or possess it.

While I cannot point to anything scientific, I can tell you, as a divorce lawyer, when a relationship breaks, jewelry becomes an issue.  First, because of its value or saleability.  Second, because of the emotional attachment when it was presented, or because of the lingering memories.  Third, because often the men/givers of the jewelry, want it back.

Advice to the ladies:  although you will never get what the jewelry is worth, if you can get cold hard cash for your jewelry, get rid of it, either by sale or return to the giver.  You don’t need the lingering memories.   If you are thinking about divorce call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at http://www.familylawwpb.com for more information.

Do You Lose Rights If You Leave The Home?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Many divorcing people believe that if you leave the marital home to take an apartment, or to co habit with a paramour, that you will lose your rights to the marital home.

While that may be true in other states, in FLORIDA,  if your name is on the DEED you will not lose your ownership rights simply by relocating during the divorce proceedings.  That is assuming there are no other extenuating circumstances whereby your rights to the home will be forfeited, including situations of extreme marital waste.  But having your name on the deed generally assures your ownership.

Notice I said DEED and not mortgage, promissory note or other instrument.   The title document is the DEED, it must be recorded, and your name has to be on it.    If you are thinking about 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 http://www.familylawwpb.com for more information.

PLANNING YOUR DIVORCE for the new year.

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

If you are unhappy in your marriage, but are not sure what to do, chances are you will stick it out as a family until after the holidays.  BUT NOW is a good time to plan your exit strategy.  While your spouse is out shopping with the kids, or visiting Mom’s house, start photocopying everything you can get your hands on:  income statements, pay stubs, credit card bills, bank statements, loan documents, mortgage papers, retirement accounts, real estate listing agreements, titles to cars, boats, trucks, household expense accounts, investment statements, everything that will show ASSETS, DEBTS, OR INCOME.

Divorce planning is important because it helps you sort out the details of your marriage…this is useful when you go to the lawyer for the consultation.  It gives everyone a better idea of what is at stake and what the issues are to be addressed.

Job changes, job loss, sale of property, Christmas bonuses, year end commissions, relocation, new school districts, are all considerations that need to be looked upon by your lawyer.  You can help your lawyer to better serve you if you have all the right information going into the consultation.  For more information, 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.