by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
It is common knowledge that divorce is all about money. Sometimes it is amazing at how two people can greatly differ in opinions at to what things are worth. For example, a marital home, a piece of jewelry, a painting, a business…the parties can be worlds apart as to what the true value is of any marital asset.
That is why parties in divorce cases employ appraisers. And even appraisers can differ. But in dividing marital assets and debts, no matter how you look at it, there has to be an exchange of financial information. This takes up most of the time in a case early on. It is called the discovery phase of the case. There is mandatory disclosure, and there are requests for documents to be produced. There are also interrogatories to be answered. All this information has to be gathered, photocopied, logged and presented to the opposing side in the divorce case. This is extremely tedious, time consuming and downright annoying for both parties involved but it is a necessary evil. Upon the exchange of financial information, the lawyers will set a mediation in an attempt to settle the matter. Any disputes will be presented at trial in a temporary relief hearing, and the divorce lawyers will then start preparing for trial. 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.