It Takes Two To Settle A Divorce

by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

I often have clients come into my office seeking a divorce settlement.  They tell me that their spouse agrees to “everything” and that they want to settle their case.  You would be surprised at how quickly this turns into a contested divorce.  The reason is that a husband or wife cannot agree to something if they don’t know their rights.  Once they know their rights, they certainly can waive them.  But until that time, any agreement is not an agreement at all, as it is garnered under false pretense, bad advice or both.

Areas of contention in divorce cases abound in terms of things like: what is one’s TRUE income; appraised values of real estate, art collections, jewelry, antiques etc.; what is best for the children;  who should pay for what debts. 

In order for a divorce to settle, BOTH the husband AND the wife have to want to settle.  If then they can’t agree, there is no possibility of settlement.    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.

 

 

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Do I Need A Divorce Lawyer To Get A Divorce In Palm Beach County?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

The answer is it depends.  Legally, you do  not need a divorce lawyer.  Your life is at stake, but this is not criminal court.  If you have virtually nothing to divide, no children to worry about, you can probably do your own divorce.

However, if you have a claim for alimony, or a defense to it, or have children, or assets and debts to fight over, chances are you need counsel.  The more issues there are between the husband and the wife, the more likely there is a disputed issue (or several) and you will want someone on your side.

Additionally, you might want other professionals to assure that you will get what you are entitled to.  That could be a CPA or even a psychologist.  For more information, come in for a consultation.  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.

Most popular divorce disputes.

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

There are some issues in divorce cases that are typical problems common to many cases.  The biggest fight issue of all is custody, which, incidentally, is now called “parenting plan” or “time sharing”.  

Fighting over the kids is not always on its face about the children.  But rather it is often about the child support check which goes to the parent who has the children most of the time.  This is “free” money as in the recipient spouse does not have to pay taxes on it as income.

Another often disputed issue is alimony.  Husbands (usually) don’t want to pay any alimony on a monthly basis.  They would rather give the wife a bigger portion of the marital assets, or incur a greater portion of the marital debt to avoid writing that monthly alimony check.  It is psychological.

A third highly disputed divorce issue is relocation with the children.  Again often this is about the money, not the kids.  As in time sharing disputes, these hardly ever settle.  Divorcing couples leave it up to the judge to decide which parent is more correct, the one moving away or the one staying.  What it really boils down to is the best intersts of the child.

Valuation of a business or one’s income if self employed are also hotly disputed issues.  If you or your spouse encounter these specific issues in your divorce, chances are you need independent divorce attorneys to help and advise you. For questions, call  the lawyers at Robin Roshkind, P.A. at 561-835-9091 or click on the ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. website at www.familylawwpb.com.