by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
You start by taking stock…of your situation, your family finances, your assets and your debts. Educate yourself as to your spouse’ income, his/her spending, and whereabouts. Then pick up the phone to a divorce lawyer.
Once you have a good idea of the value of your house, your stock accounts, your incomes, get your hands on your tax returns, bank statements, credit card bills, mortgage papers, loan applications, insurance documents, estate planning instruments, and anything else that evidences money.
Remember in Florida, there is no fault divorce; there is equitable distribution of marital assets and debts, and there is premarital property that may or may not have been comingled. There is also permanent alimony, durational alimony, bridge the gap alimony, and no alimony. There is child time sharing, child support, shared parental responsibility, or sole parental responsibility.
There is money for attorneys…
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