by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
The answer is… it depends…if the parties, during an intact marriage, each agreed to pay their own credit card bills, gasoline, cell phones, etc., then that should continue while the parties are trying to sort out the divorce. If each party historically paid half the mortgage, half the groceries, utilities, or even if it was a 60% to 40% split, or whatever the arrangement was, then that should continue. The reason being, that so many couples use anger to get even, that both the husband and the wife end up ruining their good credit in fighting over who pays what. Neither makes the mortgage payment, for example, and the credit of both is ruined, let alone, the house may go into foreclosure.
This is not a smart tactic, certainly if the marital home has equity. You will both lose. So maintaining the status quo is probably the best advice I could give. However, in the case where there is a major breadwinner, say the husband, and he cuts off financial assistance to the wife, this can be a very tricky situation for the wife. She will have to have assistance from friends and family to get through the process, at least until the point of going to mediation or a temporary relief hearing. This could take months. On the flip side, if the wrong doer’s behavior is noted by the judge , which it will be, especially where there are children involved, there certainly will be ugly ramifications. 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.