By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
You have filed for divorce; you have gathered and exchanged financial documents like tax returns, pay stubs, expenses, valuations and appraisals. You have been to court ordered mediation, which did not resolve anything because you and your spouse cannot agree. Depositions have been taken, a trial date is set. Now you and your attorney really have to use the remaining time before trial carefully.
If you have any expert witnesses, like a forensic accountant to determine incomes of the parties, or appraisers to determine value of real estate, artwork etc., or shrinks to determine mental health and custody, it is time to let the opposing party know that you plan to call these experts as your witnesses. They have to do the same for you. You also have to organize with your attorney and/or your accountant, all your exhibits, such as those financial documents, social or vocational evaluations, appraisal reports and the like. Things you may not have thought of have relevancy in divorce court, like cash value of life insurance policies, frequent flier miles and the like.
Lastly, your divorce lawyer has to assist you with your testimony. The subjects to cover and the order in which you will testify to them should be discussed with your divorce lawyer. There should be a logical flow of facts of the marriage to get across to the judge.
Remember, whatever you allege in the courtroom, you have to follow up with proof and evidence. 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.