DIY Divorce: BEWARE!

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

I had a client come in last week who told me she came to see me for a consultation to learn about her rights in divorce BECAUSE her husband told her she didn’t need a lawyer.

Like my client, when you hear this from your spouse, bells and whistles should go off.  The dialogue goes something like this:

                HONEY, SINCE MONEY IS TIGHT, AND WE ARE DOING THIS 

                DIVORCE AMICABLY ANYWAY, I WILL PAY TO HAVE MYLAWYER

                DRAW UP SOME PAPERS.  AND SINCE WE AGREE ON EVERYTHING  

                ANYWAY, YOU CAN SAVE MONEY BY NOT HIRING YOUR OWN

                LAWYER.  I WILL EVEN PAY THE FILING FEE AT THE 

                COURTHOUSE.

If your spouse says this to you, run, don’t walk, to hire your own attorney.  Amicable divorces occur every day with two clients and two attorneys.  Mediation is required in Palm Beach County, Florida, where the parties can settle their differences, being fully advised in the law and of their respective rights.  Where one spouse has something to hide, is when the other spouse is told not to retain counsel.  BEWARE of a spouse you can no longer trust.

If you are thinking about divorcing in Palm Beach County, Florida, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561-835-9091 for information or click on the Firm’s web site at www.familylawwpb.com.

Do NOT do divorce on your own if…

By Robin Roshkind, West Palm Beach, Florida

In today’s economy, couples are fighting with each other over money, one of the most common causes of divorce.  Some couples will attempt to do a settlement of all their marital issues on their own and without the advice of counsel, in order to save money in attorneys fees.  However, there are certain circumstances where a divorce REQUIRES the skills of an experienced divorce lawyer like those at my Firm, and a spouse would be penny wise and pound foolish to go it alone.

Here are the situations where having a divorce lawyer on your side is A MUST:

1.  Where a spouse is self employed.

2.  Where a spouse works for cash under the table.

3.  Where a spouse hasn’t filed a tax return in years.

4.  Where a spouse is the sole owner of a closely held corporation.

5.  Where there was a business formed by one or the other DURING the marriage, or where there is a spouse working in a family business.

6.  Where the spouse does not know the true net worth.

7.  Where the spouse does not have access to books and records.

8.  Where the spouse has no idea of the assets or debts of the marriage.

9.  Where there are children of the marriage that have special needs.

10.  Where there is a spouse who has drug addiction, gambling addiction, alcholism, shopaholic tendencies, or a paramour.

11.  Where one or the other spouse entered the marriage with assets.

12.  Where there has been an inheritence during the marriage.

13.   Where a spouse has mental health issues like bi polar, anger management problems, domestic violence.

14.  Where a spouse has a criminal record, restraining orders.

15.  Where a spouse cannot be employed or keep steady employment.

16.  Where a spouse is supported by family members.

17.  Where there are numerous real properties, income producing rentals, time shares and vacation homes. 

18.  If the marriage is more than 10 years and there is alimony, permanent alimony, rehabilitative alimony, bridge the gap alimony to be discussed and negotiated.

19.  Where a spouse has another family with children either prior to this marriage or outside of this marriage.

20.  Where paternity is at issue.

21.  Where the spouses are extremely unequal in education or ability to earn, or by measure of individual wealth. 

22.  Where a pre nuptial agreement should be contested.

If ANY of these circumstances apply to you, you should at least consult with an attorney before attempting a divorce on your own.  For more information, call one of the attorneys at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561-835-9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at www.familylawwpb.com.

Pro se divorce litigants…doing divorce by yourself.

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

NEWS FLASH!  Because we lawyers are aware of the economies of divorce along with everything else that is going on in the world, we, at the law offices of ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. announce that we are now offering PRO SE LITIGANTS HELP with doing the divorce on your own.

HOW CAN WE DO THIS?  By not being attorney of record.  By offering piece meal services to help you help yourself.  Attorneys are now COUNSELORS in these cases.

So if you want to do your divorce by yourself, but are not sure how, CALL US and use the CODE WORD:

“COUNSELING”.    Tell the receptionist you are interested in only Counseling.

We have lawyers and paralegal staff who can counsel you at the hourly rate.  On the other hand, if you want to retain the Firm to represent you as attorney of record, of course we would be happy to assist.  Call the Firm today at 561-835-9091 or click on the ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. website at www.familylawwpb.com.  We service clients in Palm Beach County, Florida, men, women, or children.