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.