By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
Many people don’t realize the amount of knowledge a divorce lawyer must have in order to effect justice between the Husband and Wife in divorce court.
Often times, a divorce lawyer has to be well versed not only in FAMILY law, but also in TORT law, CRIMINAL law, and CONTRACT law. Family law encompasses what is in the best interests of the child/ren, name changes, relocation matters, child support and time sharing between parents; tort law comes into play when there is spousal abuse, physical injury, spread of disease between husband and wife; criminal law addresses stolen or damaged property of one spouse by another, violence, rape, battery and the like.
But divorce lawyers also deal in contract law in terms of effectuating a valid, enforceable, marital settlement agreement between the parties,a division of assets and debts, future real estate arrangements, partnerships without the marriage factor. Contracts can only be valid and enforceable if they are fairly negotiated, fully understood, and freely agreed to under controlled circumstances. That is why in my practice, I go through a marital settlement agreement with my clients a page and paragraph at a time for an extra layer of protection. In high asset or complex divorce matters I video tape the actual signing of these documents. The other party always has the opportunity to challenge an agreement but the real issue is whether or not he/she will prevail. I do everything possible to prevent a winning challenge to these contracts.
If you are thinking about getting divorced in Palm Beach County, Florida, or know someone who is, 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.