What Is An “Amicable” Divorce?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

If you are getting a divorce, it is because you have serious marital problems and the marriage is failing…usually over money or sex.  Other factors include drug or alcohol use, abusive or violent behavior, in laws or step kids issues…there are a host of factors that put stress on a marriage.  So how, you ask, can a divorce be “amicable” when you are fighting like cats and dogs in the normal course.

“Amicable” divorce actually means that both parties are on the same page when it comes to getting the divorce.  There are no surprises, such as the case where the Wife had no clue that the Husband was out the door, or the discovery of infidelity.  The Husband and the Wife both realize together that  it is time to end the relationship.  That is the threshold question.  Then they both agree to try to call it quits in a civil manner.   In amicable divorces, the parties agree to attempt to agree.  The result is a collaborative, cooperative effort to getting the job done, and it is sometimes called a collaborative divorce.  The end result is a global settlement of all the divorce issues in that particular marriage. 

Amicable divorces are the preferred of the species, because it relieves the family of severe stress, burdensome attorneys fees, and a long drawn out litigation.  Choosing the right lawyer is all important, because if there are substantial marital assets, lawyers stand to make more money from prolonged litigation.

If you are getting divorced in Palm Beach County, 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.