Expecting a Tax Refund? Now You Can Hire A Divorce Lawyer

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

If you are expecting to get a tax refund from the IRS, now is a good time to get your finances in order if you are thinking about a divorce.  The refund check will probably be made out to both the husband and the wife.  So split it in half and do what you have to do.

If you have other liquid assets, you can start to divide those in half as well, by WRITTEN agreement of the two of you.  This is how an amicable, collaborative divorce begins…without anger, frustration or bitterness.  It is just the breaking up of a partnership and the assets and debts have to be distributed.

Tax refund money is like getting an extra bonus.  Many clients use it to fund their futures.  If you are thinking about getting a divorce 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.

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 do if you want a divorce but are not sure what to do.

Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

You want out of the marriage.  But you don’t know what the finances are, you don’t pay the bills, you don’t control the money.  You have been totally taken care of by the breadwinning spouse.  What to do?

In the case of a “totally taken care of” spouse, who knows nothing about the “business” of the marriage, there is only one answer…hire an attorney.

This is because an attorney will know that in the divorce process, you are entitled to subpeona certain records from the opposing party.  The attorney will know how to take your spouse’s deposition to “discover” what it is that needs to be discovered.  In cases such as these, where one spouse has total control over another, and where trust has been essential and breached, only an attorney can get the ammunition to get you the rightful results.  Otherwise,  you can’t stand up to this type of controlling spouse…you will fail at protecting your rights.

A consultation with a divorce lawyer is a good place to start.  It will give you an overall view of the divorce process and you will feel better because you will be able to put a plan into place.

For more information about this or other divorce topics, consult with 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.

Warning to (mostly) women…stash the cash.

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Here’s the scenario:  Husband moves out of the marital home, away from wife and children, to live with Girlfriend.  Husband earns more than wife.  Husband has controlled the family finances.  When Husband moves out, he does not leave behind tax returns, pay stubs, credit cards, bank statements, his computer or $$$.  What is a wife to do?

The answer is:  be prepared for the worst case scenario.  That being the Husband (or wife if she is the major breadwinner of the family), can cut the spouse off completely, temporarily, leaving him or her without money for even groceries.  Yes, husbands and wives, this does happen, and all too often!

Needless to say, this type of situation leads to an acrimonious and costly divorce.  In order to protect yourself from this situation of not having $$$ for groceries, let alone an attorney, you should have a SECRET nest egg.  Cash stashed away for a rainy day.  You may need it for basic necessities, to pay the electric bill, to feed children, and to hire a divorce lawyer to get you some financial relief.

Very often husbands or wives have to borrow money from family and friends to sustain themselves until we can get into court to ask the judge for temporary support.  Moral of the story:  Don’t be caught without cash. 

For questions about this or other divorce topics, 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.