South Florida Family Law Attorney Offers 5 Tips Every Spouse Should Know About Marital Misconduct

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Attorney Brian M. Moskowitz says the Tiger Woods scandal provides insight into what married people can expect if surprise revelations disrupt their lives.

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Florida Family Lawyer Brian M. Moskowitz

Brian M. Moskowitz, a well-respected family law attorney in south Florida, says the recent Tiger Woods scandal is an unfortunate reminder that happy marriages can change in an instant.

When news broke last Thanksgiving weekend that the world’s greatest golfer had injured himself in a car accident, questions arose about its cause and Americans watched the public unraveling of Woods' private life. What was seen as a model marriage became a tawdry story about a secret life of misconduct.

“The old saying that ‘no one knows what goes on inside a marriage’ is true,” Moskowitz said. “Sadly, sometimes it’s one of the spouses who is in the dark about these hidden aspects of a relationship."

“‘Marital misconduct’ is a leading cause of divorce and the innocent spouse in such a case deserves to be properly protected,” Moskowitz said.

Moskowitz offered five facts every married Florida couple should know about marital misconduct:

  • Florida grants a “No Fault Divorce” if there is an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. Marital misconduct is often a key element leading to the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
  • Several types of misconduct often fall under the broader concept of “marital misconduct.” They include adultery, domestic violence, cruel and abusive behavior, habitual drunkenness or addiction, or economic fault.
  • While “no fault” – or not assigning blame – is the court’s aim in a divorce, spousal conduct does have a bearing on other decisions in a divorce. Adultery, for example, can impact child custody, division of marital assets, and distribution of alimony.
  • The Florida court can order an attempt at reconciliation. If one spouse denies the marriage is irretrievably broken or if the couple has minor children, the court may delay proceedings for up to three months and can order counseling or mediation.
  • The best way to be sure you are dealing with marital misconduct in a manner that will result in a proper outcome for you is to seek the advice of a qualified family law attorney.

About The Law offices of Brian M. Moskowitz:
With offices located in Boynton Beach (primary), Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, the Law Offices of Brian M. Moskowitz handles a variety of family law cases for clients throughout southern Florida, including Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Wellington, Palm Beach, and Palm Beach County. The firm charges flat rates for many family law services, and handles cases that include divorce, child custody, child support, relocation, paternity and adoption.

For more information, visit the firm’s Web site at or reach the firm by phone at (561) 369-4481.


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