Three Or More Things To Do With The Marital Home In Divorce

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire

You generally have three options for the marital home, if you are getting divorced.  But there are some other things you can agree to with your spouse regarding the house.   Here are some options I use for my Palm Beach County clients who own homes here:

Options 1 and 2.    If the home has any equity at all, either you buy out your spouse (at a bargain rate these days) and then refinance to get your spouse removed from the mortgage, OR your spouse buys you out and refinances to get your name off the mortgage.  Either way, one of you keeps the home totally releasing the other.

Option 3.  You get divorced and stay real estate partners with your X.  One of you can live there and pay the mortgage on behalf of both and get a credit at the back end years later, when you both agree to sell.

Option 4.  You are getting divorced and you both list the home for sale.  You split any net proceeds.

Option 5.  You are getting divorced, your spouse has moved out and on, and you just live in the home until the bank takes it away in foreclosure.

Option 6.  You are getting divorced and both of you cooperate to do a short sale.

Option 7.  One of you lives in the home with the minor children until they go to college.  The other splits all mortgage payments, taxes, insurance.  The resident spouse pay maintenance and utilities.

Option 8.  You both live in the home until it goes into foreclosure.

Option 9.  You both move out and on and rent the house out to a third party.  The rental should cover all your expenses and if there is any profit it is split.

I am sure you can get more creative with sale and leaseback situations or other good ideas, but these are the most common given todays real estate market in Palm Beach County.   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 http://www.familylawwpb.com  for more information.

Do I Need A Divorce Lawyer To Get A Divorce In Palm Beach County?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

The answer is it depends.  Legally, you do  not need a divorce lawyer.  Your life is at stake, but this is not criminal court.  If you have virtually nothing to divide, no children to worry about, you can probably do your own divorce.

However, if you have a claim for alimony, or a defense to it, or have children, or assets and debts to fight over, chances are you need counsel.  The more issues there are between the husband and the wife, the more likely there is a disputed issue (or several) and you will want someone on your side.

Additionally, you might want other professionals to assure that you will get what you are entitled to.  That could be a CPA or even a psychologist.  For more information, come in for a consultation.  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.

Can A Divorce Lawyer Ask About Sexual Activity In A Deposition?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

The divorce lawyer can ask just about anything in a deposition and the opposing lawyer just has to sit there and take it while the client answers.

Lawyers cannot advise clients  to not answer deposition questions, unless they are objecting to the form of the question or to accuse the lawyer of harassment.  In those instances, the specific question can be marked by the court reporter taking down the testimony, and the asking attorney can summon the judge on the case to decide whether or not the deponent has to answer the question.  In Palm Beach County, Florida, this is normally done on the spot by telephone to the judge for a ruling, or if the judge is unavailable, by motion and hearing.  If a hearing is necessary, the deposition will be continued to another time.

Deposition testimony is often used in the courtroom to either verify or contradict courtroom testimony.  They are an integral part of any trial.  For more information on this or other divorce topics, call the Family Law Offices of ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at www.familylawwpb.com for more information.

Deposition questions in divorce are usually about finances, companies, relationships, drug or alcohol use, anything that is probative to the issues in the divorce case.  Behavior, records, financial affidavits all come into question.

Using Private Investigators In Palm Beach Divorces

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

If Florida is a no fault state, and there is no punishment for adultery, why then hire a private investigator?  I get this question all the time when I recommend to my clients that they hire one.

The reasons are many:  First a private investigator can assess all public records on a spouse to ascertain if they are property owners, car owners, boat owners, alone or with another person.  You, the divorcing spouse, may not have the entire picture of assets, property wise, and a private investigator will find that information for you.  If a spouse purchased a condo for a paramour, for example, this will show in the property records, and that is money in your pocket, as you will file a dissipation of marital assets claim based upon that information.

Secondly, a private investigator can ascertain all criminal activity, driving records, and behavior of your spouse or your spouse’ live in.   If your spouse “forgot” to tell you about the DUI he/she got, this information may be helpful if you are going for custody of the kids.

Thirdly, a private investigator or forensic computer specialist can access computer files, telephone records, text messages, internet postings on facebook, match.com and the like.  Information is always helpful.   A private investigator can be a great witness at the divorce trial.

If you are being stalked, your car damaged, or other unusual behavior, a private investigator will discover that as well.  There are many other reasons to use a private investigator and/or a computer forensic specialist.  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 http://www.familylawwpb.com for more information.

What Happens If You Want To Settle Your Divorce, But Your Spouse Doesn’t?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

I get this question in my practice all the time…clients come in wanting to settle their divorce.  The spouse just can’t or won’t agree.   What happens then?

There are three very good reasons to settle a divorce matter: less expensive, less stress, faster resolution.  But in order for a settlement to occur, BOTH parties have to be on the same page.  Both the husband and the wife have to agree to agree to stay out of court.  If that is not the case, settlement is just not possible.

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 http://www.familylawwpb.com for more information.

Child Time Sharing And Splitting Up Siblings

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

In Palm Beach County, when parents are separating and getting divorced, in a case where there are children, the Court does not really entertain what is in the best interests of the parents.  The focus remains on what is in the best interests of the children.  If a parent cannot serve the best interests of the children, then the other parent is given the greater amount of parental rights.

When it comes to time sharing, the court will consider the work schedules and residential location of the parents.  But more often than not, the Court will not split siblings unless there are unusual circumstances.  One such example of that may be if one of the children is an infant, and the other is a teenager.

Oftentimes teen age boys go to live with their father.  This can be by agreement of the parties, or if the Court finds it is in his best interests to do so.  Evidence and testimony is taken at trial and the trial judge makes this decision if the parents are unable to agree.  For more information about this  or other Palm Beach County divorce topics, call one of the 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.

What Is Bifurcation In Palm Beach County Divorce Cases?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Bifurcation means that you divide the cases into separate issues so that a decision on one issue won’t affect the others.

For example, I could motion the Court to bifurcate a divorce case in order to decide the children’s issues first, and then the rest of the divorce issues later.  The Court would have to see a good legal reason to adjudicate the case in parts, but it is possible to achieve.

Another example of bifurcation would be to motion the court to have the divorce granted, with  the property settlement to be done later and in a second part.  This would allow another marriage to take place quickly for whatever reason, an impending  death, a pregnancy about to term, etc.

In bifurcation cases, a motion has to be filed, a hearing takes place and the judge either grants or denies the motion.  For more information about this or other divorce topics in Palm Beach County divorce cases, 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.