Where To Live While Divorcing!

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

If you are going through a divorce, things can’t be too pleasant around the house, even if the divorce is amicable.  You do have some options as to living arrangements. 

Most lawyers would advise clients to live in the marital home if at all possible.  Divorce means transition for you, your spouse and your kids, so the less changes the better at this critical time.  However, if there is domestic violence or the threat of same, it would be wise to remove yourself from the situation.

If the house is big enough to not run into each other, or if there is a “mother in law” or guest house out back, remove yourself to that part of the home.  If that is not possible, and your name is on the deed to the house, then relocate, even if it is temporary.  You do not lose your rights to the house by moving out. 

If finances allow, rent an apartment or house nearby.  If finances do not allow, stay with a friend, relative or co worker until you can either get to mediation and come up with some agreement with your spouse, or get to a temporary relief hearing, where the judge will either give you possession of the home, or allow the finances to find other housing.  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.

Dismissing Your Petition For Dissolution of Marriage

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

If you change you mind about going through with the divorce after you have already filed it in the courts and served your spouse, you can simply dismiss your petition for dissolution of marriage.  This can be done by filing a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal with the court.  You must serve your spouse with this notice and advise that you are calling off the divorce.

But here is the danger.  If your spouse has already filed an answer to your Petition, and he/she also has filed a COUNTER PETITION, this part of the case is still viable, even if or after you have dismissed your part of the case. 

So just because you dismiss, this may not dismiss the entire matter.  You BOTH have to simultaneously dismiss your cases.  the danger is that you can find yourself without a case, but your spouse has decided to pursue his or her case against you. 

So heed the warning:  If you want to dismiss your divorce, be sure your spouse wants to dismiss also.  Otherwise you are putting yourself in jeopardy.  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.