Lies Husbands and Wives Tell

by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

It’s no secret that spouses keep secrets from each other.  Some are more severe than others and many involve extramarital affairs.  However, there are lies that are told, that can literally cause a divorce.  Here are some of them:

1.  Lying about a gambling problem or spending money on drugs.

2.  Lying about trust fund checks, secret bank accounts or other income.

3.  Lying about being fired from work.

4.  Lying about past debts like unpaid credit card bills or student loans.

5.  Lying about getting a big bonus or raise.

6.  Lying about supporting a former spouse or former girl friend or boyfriend.

7.  Lying about having kids from another relationship.

8.  Lying about paying household expenses when they are in fact not paid.

9.  Lying about lottery winnings, and online or TV shopping addictions.

These lies break the trust between a husband and wife.  They also cause real problems with bill paying, and wreak havoc on family finances.  If you are the victim, you may be better off single.  For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 8335 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at http://www.familylawwpb.com for more information.

Postnuptial Agreements Have Two Purposes.

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

There are two major reasons for doing a Postnuptial agreement.  First, if done after the wedding, say in the first year of marriage, the postnuptial agreement can reaffirm the prenuptial agreement and all its terms.  It adds a second layer of protection to the prenuptial agreement, making it that much harder to prevail in a challenge down the road.  Postnuptial agreements can also modify prenuptial agreements by changing some of the terms, now that the marriage has taken place.

Postnuptial agreements can also serve as separation agreements where a divorce is not imminent.  It gives the parties a sense of control over separate assets and debts, during a time when the husband and wife may be trying to figure out whether or not to divorce.  Postnuptial agreements can be viewed as separation agreements, or marital settlement agreements should a divorce be filed in the court.

The subject matter of the postnuptial agreement can be anything from asset and debt division to who pays for what household expenses, or what happens to a spouse if he/she gets caught cheating.  They are valid, enforceable agreements if signed under the proper circumstances.  For more information about 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.

PLANNING YOUR DIVORCE for the new year.

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

If you are unhappy in your marriage, but are not sure what to do, chances are you will stick it out as a family until after the holidays.  BUT NOW is a good time to plan your exit strategy.  While your spouse is out shopping with the kids, or visiting Mom’s house, start photocopying everything you can get your hands on:  income statements, pay stubs, credit card bills, bank statements, loan documents, mortgage papers, retirement accounts, real estate listing agreements, titles to cars, boats, trucks, household expense accounts, investment statements, everything that will show ASSETS, DEBTS, OR INCOME.

Divorce planning is important because it helps you sort out the details of your marriage…this is useful when you go to the lawyer for the consultation.  It gives everyone a better idea of what is at stake and what the issues are to be addressed.

Job changes, job loss, sale of property, Christmas bonuses, year end commissions, relocation, new school districts, are all considerations that need to be looked upon by your lawyer.  You can help your lawyer to better serve you if you have all the right information going into the consultation.  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 for more information.

Handling Money After Divorce

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

With divorce comes a division of assets and debts of the marriage.  It is hard to get used to handling both sides of the coin by yourself.  Especially when the marital pie is cut in half. 

This concept is traumatic for many suddenly single people.  Especially if your spouse handled all the family finances.

So if you end up with substantial assets and don’t want to continue to use the same financial advisors you used when you were married, call us for some suggestions.  We have certified financial planners, investment bankers, stock brokers, insurance executives, CPAs and others we draw upon for their professional expertise. 

One piece of advice I give my clients is to budget properly.  Don’t get back into debt.  Don’t make extravagant expenditures fixing up the home.  Don’t go on that European holiday just yet.  Let the dust settle from your divorce.  It is traumatic.  You have to think clearly to plan your financial future. 

If you are thinking about getting divorced in Palm Beach County, and would like to do some financial planning before you file, 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.

Who Should Pay Credit Card Bills?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Credit card bills, utility bills, homeowner’s association fees, property taxes, bank fees and the like all add up in an ongoing household.  But when couples decide to divorce, the issue becomes: who should pay for what pending the divorce proceedings.

If the divorce is a friendly one, an amicable divorce, the parties can work it out.  One suggestion is based upon each spouse’ income as a percentage of the whole.  So for example, if the electric bill is $100 for the month of February, and the husband earns 60% of the family’s income, he should pay $60 of the $100 electric bill.  If the husband/wife is the only breadwinner of the family, then the payor is obvious.

Where problems arise, is if 1) the spouses are fighting like cats and dogs; and 2) if the breadwinning spouse cuts off the other.

Credit card bills, household expenses, car payments are marital expenses.  It is best to work it out between the parties, or at a mediation,  or if that is not possible, have the judge decide who pays what bills at a temporary relief hearing in the courtroom.  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.