Meddling In Laws and Your Divorce

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

It may come as no surprise to you, but if you are going through a nasty divorce, other people are involved in your divorce too.  This would include your wife’s nail girl and hairdresser, or your husband’s golfing and fishing buddies.  You will be the topic of conversation from the country club to the office.

Everyone has an opinion.  Everyone has advice to give.  Everyone has either been through their own divorce or has been intimately involved in someone else’s divorce.

But there is legal significance in the State of Florida when it comes to blood relatives, and that is determined on a case by case basis.  For example, sometimes parents of adult children help them purchase a home by making the down payment or giving them funds for the purchase.  Now with the divorce, the couple is splitting and the home must be sold.  What happens to the earnest monies provided by the in laws?  The legal version of that question goes like this:  was it a gift or was it a loan?  The answer will have a definitive effect on the equitable distribution of marital assets scheme.

Another example is where there are children of the marriage.  The legal question is: do the grandparents have any right to see/visit/take care of their own grandchildren.  A third example is if the divorcing couple was spending marital assets supporting the wife’s mother or the husband’s sister, here or in another country.  The legal question there: is that dissipation of marital assets?

Entanglements between divorcing couples and blood relatives is endless.  If you think the in laws were meddling when you were married, just you wait until there is a divorce pending!  If you are going through a divorce or thinking about it, 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 for more information.



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