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 fees and costs, or not. There is mediation and settlement, or trial. There are depositions, mandatory financial disclosure, and penalties for not producing financial disclosure. Divorce is a process, but in certain circumstances, it is the best gift you could ever give yourself. You don’t need his/her permission to get a divorce in this state. 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.