How Husbands or Wives Hide Money In Divorce

by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

There is an expression and it goes like this:  “He who has the gold, makes the golden rule.”  In most marriages it is STILL  the husband who makes the most money.  That is slowly changing, but as a generalization, it still holds true. Women take time off from careers to raise children or support their husbands through higher education, snf find they are at a disadvantage when it comes to re entering the job market.   It still is a rarity if it happens the other way around where husbands do that for wives.  But in any case, where one spouse has significantly more income, or even an inheritance, that is the spouse that may try to defraud the other spouse in divorce court.

There are many ways spouses hide money.  Below are just a few:

1.  You just don’t tell your spouse about bonuses or increased commissions, and defer them until after the divorce.

2.  You make voluntary contributions to retirement plans, or pay for health insurance and other things up front and in advance.

3.  Hire new employees that don’t really exist, or hire your girlfriend/boyfriend so payments to her/him look legitimate.

4.  Don’t have bank statements or credit card bills come in the mail.  Everything is on the computer and secretive.

5.  Go fishing a lot off shore, all the while visiting a foreign bank.

6.  Go shopping a lot, and return what you have purchased for cash.

7.  Share bank accounts with your parents or adult children so it looks like their money.   

8.  If your spouse runs a cash business or a closely held corporation, it will be very difficult to prove anything. 

These are the types of behaviors that keep forensic accountants and private investigators and computer hackers in business.  If you are going through a divorce and suspect fraud, hire these experts if you really want to know the truth.  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.

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Who Should Be On Your Divorce Team?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
If you are going through a divorce, you have lots of experts giving you great guidance, advice, and opinions: your BFF, your next door neighbor who heard or saw all the fuss, your mother, your co-workers, your hairdresser.  But the team you really need on your side consists of professionals who are well versed in dealing with divorce issues.

You should first consider who you hire as a DIVORCE LAWYER.  Be sure there is a open line of communication and confidence, and no personality conflicts.  Second in line should be your SHRINK.   This professional will help you get through the stress and emotions of separation, divorce, and transitioning to an individual.  Next comes your FORENSIC ACCOUNTANT.  This team member is the number cruncher who traces money and assets, both obvious and hidden.  Then there is the PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR.  This professional tracks down a carousing, partying spouses, who may or may be spending substantial money on a paramour.  They also get the goods on drinkers and drug users.

Lastly, comes your KEY WITNESSES:  teachers, babysitters, friends with children who play with yours, medical professionals, or police officers who had to come investigate domestic violence, if any, and any other witnesses who can help your cause.

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 for more information.

Can A Cheating Spouse Be Punished By Florida Divorce Courts?

by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Sitting in my office, listening to potential divorce clients, it seems like no one is having sex within their marriage.  They are either sex deprived, or they or their spouse are cheating on the side.

To some extent, the Florida law protects cheaters, directing the “cheated upon” spouse to simply divorce the cheater.   That’s what is meant when we divorce lawyers say Florida is a “no fault” state.    However, the law does protect an innocent spouse from dissipation of marital assets.   What that means is if a cheater is spending significant sums of marital monies on the affair, that so called dissipation of marital assets can be considered in the financial scheme of the divorce.  There may be an unequal equitable distribution given in favor of the innocent spouse by the divorce court judge.

Case law defines significant sums as: buying a girl friend an expensive car, paying her rent, buying a condo for the paramour, taking numerous expensive vacations or shopping trips, all the usual but expensive trappings of keeping a lover.   A casual dinner out does not qualify.

If you suspect your spouse is the cheating kind, 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 for more information.  We may want to put a private eye on your spouse and use that testimony and evidence in court to get you the better part of the marital estate.

What Is A Complex Divorce?

by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

A complex divorce is one in which there are many issues to resolve and the Husband and Wife are anything but agreeable.  It could involve many real estate properties, tax issues, a privately held corporation or several closely held businesses, marital assets in several states, trust assets, split siblings or special needs children, assets or businesses that need valuations, and supplemental issues including vocational studies, custody battles, an unfit parent, off shore bank accounts and the like.   Complex divorces can also include bad behavior including adultery and the dissipation of marital assets due to outside relationships, gambling, drug or alcohol use or uncontrollable shopping or other mental health issues.

The more complex the marriage, the more complex the divorce.  The more a couple has to fight over, generally the more complex the divorce.  This type of divorce usually turns ugly and requires the use of a divorce team.  This team includes psychologists or psychiatrists, appraisers, private investigator, real estate agents, CPAs, estate planning attorneys, corporate attorneys, tax attorneys, and of course the divorce lawyer.   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.

Using Private Investigators In Palm Beach Divorces

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

If Florida is a no fault state, and there is no punishment for adultery, why then hire a private investigator?  I get this question all the time when I recommend to my clients that they hire one.

The reasons are many:  First a private investigator can assess all public records on a spouse to ascertain if they are property owners, car owners, boat owners, alone or with another person.  You, the divorcing spouse, may not have the entire picture of assets, property wise, and a private investigator will find that information for you.  If a spouse purchased a condo for a paramour, for example, this will show in the property records, and that is money in your pocket, as you will file a dissipation of marital assets claim based upon that information.

Secondly, a private investigator can ascertain all criminal activity, driving records, and behavior of your spouse or your spouse’ live in.   If your spouse “forgot” to tell you about the DUI he/she got, this information may be helpful if you are going for custody of the kids.

Thirdly, a private investigator or forensic computer specialist can access computer files, telephone records, text messages, internet postings on facebook, match.com and the like.  Information is always helpful.   A private investigator can be a great witness at the divorce trial.

If you are being stalked, your car damaged, or other unusual behavior, a private investigator will discover that as well.  There are many other reasons to use a private investigator and/or a computer forensic specialist.  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 http://www.familylawwpb.com for more information.

Should You SPY On Your Spouse???

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

There are many ways to get information about your spouse if you want it…you can attach a GPS to the car, you can have a forensic computer tech duplicate a hard drive, you can look at the cell phone while he/she is in the shower, you can search the dating web sites to find your spouse’ photo, you can hire a private investigator to follow him/her to work and then home again…there are many ways to get information.

But before you go through all this trouble and perhaps a great expense, be sure what you are looking for has legal significance.  In the state of Florida, adultery in and of itself is not relevant.  However, if they are spending great amounts of money on a paramour is;  where a person works, if they work, where they take a child, what property they own, driving records, alcoholism, criminal records, all are relevant in various issues of divorce.  Those issues could be spending marital monies, driving while intoxicated with a child in the back seat, saying there is no income while the person goes to work everyday, and a host of other issues in divorce court.

I am of the opinion that information never hurt anyone, especially someone going through a divorce.  So I am all for it.  But if you are considering spyware on your spouse, be clear about what you are looking for and how it will help your divorce case.

If you are thinking about 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.

Social Media Tells All To Your Spouse During Divorce

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

If you are involved in divorce proceedings, or even thinking about a divorce, be careful of social media.  Match.com, Love@aol.com, Ashley Maddison, Twitter, Facebook, Linkdin, and other social networks can tell the world a lot about your contacts, lovers, dating habits.  This includes your spouse and his/her divorce attorney.

Boasting about a new boat, photos of a new sports car or hot new girlfriend can and will be used against you in divorce court.  Privacy issues to do not apply when you post something on Facebook.

In fact, if you think your private communications via computer are off limits and secret, think again.  We divorce lawyers can use spyware on cell phones, computers and private investigators can perform surveillance on you.  If you have secrets, they will be discovered in divorce proceedings.

So be careful what you say and do, online, in private, everywhere.  If  you are thinking about getting a divorce in Palm Beach County, Florida, 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.