Seeking The Help Of Other Professionals During Divorce

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

It is very common in my divorce practice to seek the assistance of other professionals to help me litigate a case.  Below is a list of professionals I use and why:

1.  Psychotherapist, psychiatrist, child psychologist, social workers.  I use these professionals mostly in dealing with children’s issues like custody, sole parental responsibility and time sharing.

2.  Vocational evaluators.   If a spouse refuses to pursue a career or simply find employment, these experts can testify as to earnings and ability.  I use these professionals mostly in alimony cases.

3.  CPAs.  I use accountants to trace funds, do lifestyle studies, value businesses, assess finances, determine one’s true income.   CPAs are my best friends when alimony and high assets are at stake.

4.  Appraisers.  If the marriage included extensive and substantial art work, jewelry, antiques, coins, stamps, guns, cars, anything of exceptional value, I use appraisers to help in equitable distribution of assets cases.

5.  Real estate agents.  Obviously these experts assist me in valuations of real estate whether it is the marital home, vacation home, rental or commercial buildings.

6.  Medical personnel.  These experts assess special needs children and spouses for support purposes.

7.  Tax attorneys and CPAs.  These experts help with end games to show tax effects of settlement offers and their true value.

8.   Estate planning attorneys and financial planners.  These experts can assess a settlement offer to see if it is workable over a lifetime.

9.  Private investigators.  You know what they do.  Now in the computer age information is priceless.

I would not hesitate to co counsel with any of these experts if I feel it is in the best interests of my client.   In high asset cases or child custody cases where there is a lot at stake, experts are the best advisors to a judge.    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.

In Florida What Are Grounds For Sole Custody and Parental Responsibility

by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

If you move out of the state of Florida with a minor child, without permission of the other parent or without a court order allowing the move in the best interests of the child, you could suffer a loss of parental rights.   If you intentionally with hold time sharing from the other parent with vindictiveness and without good legal reason, you could lose parental rights.  If you harm the child physically, are an unfit parent, or neglect the child, you could lose parental rights.  If you have mental health issues or a history of repeated domestic violence, or drug habit, you could lose parental rights.

There are degrees of loss of parental rights.  In most cases, parents share in major decisionmaking in the upbringing of the child.  This includes schooling, religious training, extra curricular activities.  But where a parent is vindictive towards the other parent, using the child as an instrument of this vindictiveness,  or has any of the above mentioned issues, the court may grant sole parental responsibility and sole decisionmaking to the “better” parent.  Time sharing for the wrong doer may be supervised, if at all.  The wrongdoer may be ordered to counseling, parenting classes, and rehabilitation before normal unsupervised time sharing can be resumed.

In addition to losing shared parental responsibility, and having supervised time sharing, a wrongdoer parent, or an unfit parent may lose rights until rehabilitated.  The courts will step in if a parent has a DUI, uses drugs, neglects a child, parties til 4 am at the expense of the child, constantly leaves the child with strangers, takes a child to live outside of the jurisdiction without permission or court order,  cannot exercise responsible judgment regarding the child and a host of other circumstances.   If your spouse is an irresponsible or unresponsive parent, 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.