Divorce Consultations Are Very Telling

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire West Palm Beach, Florida

If you are not sure about the state of your marriage, it can never hurt to SECRETLY consult with a divorce lawyer.  A consultation will do many things:  it will help you understand your marital rights;  it will help you determine how to protect your assets and your children;  it will help you decide whether to go to marriage counseling, reconcile, or move forward with the divorce, and further, when and how to time the filing for divorce.

Divorce lawyers ask a lot of questions.  They also provide a lot of information which can ease your mind.  For a complete list of documents to bring to a consultation, see the Firm’s web site at http://www.familylawwpb.com for more information, or call one of the divorce lawyers at 561-835-9091.

What To Do If You Want OUT!

by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

If you have been thinking about getting divorced, you almost answered your own question about whether or not to proceed.  But proceed with caution.  Seek out a divorce lawyer and go for a consultation.  Know what your rights are regarding the marital home, the cars, the bank accounts.  Know what your rights are regarding the children, and how to deal with their best interests.

Know what your rights are to alimony support, attorneys fees, settlements, and mediation. It might take the work of an accountant AND a divorce lawyer, but get informed.  Only with information, will you feel good about making that final step towards divorce. For more information, 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.

New Year Time To Divorce?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

It’s a new year…time to face facts:  and change jobs, go on a serious diet or leave your marriage.  In all cases, it’s about time!  Make some improvements in your life.  Life IS too short. 

Whether you are collecting alimony or paying it, it is worth it.  Whether you have the kids part time or full time, it is worth it.  Whether you need to move out or move on, it is worth it.  Seeking alimony, child time sharing, child support, or enforcing court orders you already have, are worth it! 

Whether you are going to mediation or divorce court, it is worth it.  Call a divorce lawyer to find out your rights.  It is worth it!  For more information about divorce call one of the 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.

HowTo Decide To Get A Divorce

by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Deciding to divorce is a life changing decision… it is like deciding to change careers, quit a job, move away to another state, having a baby, getting remarried.  It is a decision that changes the course of one’s life.  In some cases it is necessary, in some cases it is for the better.  Deciding to divorce is not to be taken lightly.

Certainly, if there is domestic violence in the marriage, that is a no brainer.  You will be better off alone.  In cases where there is financial ruin caused by your spouse, that, too, is a no brainer.  You will be better off alone.  In cases where there are constantly sleepless nights, that, too, is a no brainer.  You will be better off alone. 

In other marriages, whether to divorce or not, is not so clear.  There are people out there who can help you decide whether to leave or stay.  One such team member is a therapist, psychologist, or marriage counselor.  These experts can assist you in realizing your present state, your goals and how to get there. 

Another such team member is your divorce lawyer.  With a consultation with a divorce lawyer, you can educate yourself as to what your legal marital rights are, and whether or not you should exercise them or give them up by staying put.  With an education from a divorce lawyer, you can weigh the pros and cons of leaving the marriage.  

You also have your trusted friends and family, who, perhaps, see things more clearly than you do.  They are, and will be your support group in the event you go forward with a divorce. 

Lastly, trust your instincts, while you realize that life is short.  It is ultimately your decision as to how you want to spend it.  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. 

 

PLANNING YOUR DIVORCE for the new year.

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

If you are unhappy in your marriage, but are not sure what to do, chances are you will stick it out as a family until after the holidays.  BUT NOW is a good time to plan your exit strategy.  While your spouse is out shopping with the kids, or visiting Mom’s house, start photocopying everything you can get your hands on:  income statements, pay stubs, credit card bills, bank statements, loan documents, mortgage papers, retirement accounts, real estate listing agreements, titles to cars, boats, trucks, household expense accounts, investment statements, everything that will show ASSETS, DEBTS, OR INCOME.

Divorce planning is important because it helps you sort out the details of your marriage…this is useful when you go to the lawyer for the consultation.  It gives everyone a better idea of what is at stake and what the issues are to be addressed.

Job changes, job loss, sale of property, Christmas bonuses, year end commissions, relocation, new school districts, are all considerations that need to be looked upon by your lawyer.  You can help your lawyer to better serve you if you have all the right information going into the consultation.  For more information, 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.

Choosing A Divorce Lawyer

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

I have written about this subject before, but because there is so much confusion about the hiring of a divorce lawyer, I feel it is important to write about it again.

The first issue one must decide after concluding that a divorce is inevitable, is whether or not to use professional assistance in terms of hiring a divorce lawyer.  Because of the economy, many divorcing couples try “do it yourself” divorce.  This is fine if you have no IRS debt, no credit card debt, and no assets that are joint.  Where the danger lies is that you may have joint assets and not realize it!  Then you are giving away your rights without know what they are. 

I often say that not using a divorce lawyer is penny wise and pound foolish.  And yes, divorce lawyers are not cheap.  But if you have children, assets or debts at stake, don’t be foolish.  Get a lawyer on your side.

How to choose one?  Go for a consultation.  Look around. A lawyer should not tell you only what you want to hear.  He/she should know what he/she is talking about, has years of experience, a nice office and an experienced staff.  Get a feel for compatability and trust.  Do not hire a lawyer solely upon advertisements or hourly rates.  Just because the hourly rate is low or the retainer is minimal, these are not good reasons to choose that divorce lawyer.  For more information, 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.

What To Bring With You To The First Meeting With A Divorce Lawyer

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Some divorce lawyers in Palm Beach County, Florida, give free consultations.  I do not.  That is because I conduct an in depth interview, I look over documents and most importantly, I give legal advice for which I am liable.  I want my clients to know that I take the time and care required before I open my mouth.

Think about what you are paying for when you go to see a lawyer…his/her time, and expertise.  Why other lawyers give their services away is a mystery to me.  Maybe they don’t value what they are doing.  Why should the client?   So instead of doing free consultations, I give of my time and expertise, which I value. 

That being said, here is what I like to see and discuss at our first consultation meeting:

1.  Some knowledge of the family finances.  You would be surprised how may wives don’t know what their husbands earn.   Copies of  pay stubs and tax returns are welcomed.

2.  Information about the marital home, such as purchase price and year, amount owed, monthly payments, back taxes, HOA fees, and a general idea of what the house would sell for in today’s marketplace.  You can get this casually from a realtor who works your neighborhood.

3.  What the couple would like to see arranged as far as any children are concerned.  They must have had discussions and I would like to know the direction of those talks, if any.

4.  Who the spouse’s lawyer is by name if applicable.  I can often tell if a case is going to settle or going to trial by the name of the lawyer representing the other party. 

5.  Information on other real estate owned by the parties. 

6.  Business documentation if a business was founded during the marriage.

7.  A list of marital and non marital stuff.

This information gets me off to a good start toward creating some possible scenarios for my client.  The purpose of my consultation is to educate the client, calm the fears, determine the potential disputes, and discuss rights and options.   If you are thinking about divorce in Palm Beach County, Florida, call for a consultation at 561 835-9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at www.familylawwpb.com for more information.