A divorce can be one of the most challenging experiences of one’s life, and unfortunately, the challenges can continue long after the divorce is final.
Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) January 06, 2012
Separation and divorce filings “skyrocket” in January, according to a recent Washington Times article. That makes the month a good time to remind couples of the legal issues that could arise after dissolving their marriage, says Boca Raton divorce lawyer Brian M. Moskowitz.
“At the start of a new year, many people follow through on a difficult decision that they have been contemplating for a long time and end their marriage,” Moskowitz said. “However, many fail to consider what happens afterwards. There are several events, or stressors, that can impact a divorced couple and their children.
“If you can plan ahead for these events, the better off you and your family will be,” he said. “If you fail to plan ahead, you need to know that you can take steps to ensure that the outcome is positive. One of the first steps is to contact a lawyer who is experienced with these issues.”
Moskowitz is a South Florida marital and family law attorney. His law firm represents clients in separations, divorces and related matters throughout Palm Beach County, including Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach and surrounding areas.
In his view, the five most common stressors that arise after a separation or divorce are:
- Remarriage (or cohabitation);
- Loss of employment;
- Relocation (often for work purposes);
- Child-related issues, including timesharing, custody and visitation, as well as a child enrolling in a new school or going to college; and
- Holiday and vacation schedules.
“These events can affect many different areas, including spousal support, child support, child custody, timesharing and visitation,” Moskowitz said. “If you think ahead, you can address these matters during mediation, which is a process of resolving conflicts without going to trial, and you can have provisions placed into a settlement or mediated agreement.”
“For instance, the agreement can specify what events will cause spousal support obligations to be terminated or modified, and a parenting plan can establish which holidays and vacations the children will spend with the different parents. This type of planning helps to avoid disputes later on.”
If a matter arises that is not covered in the agreement, a lawyer can help to protect your rights and interests, the Boca Raton divorce attorney says.
“For instance, one parent may try to move out-of-state because of work, and the parent may try to take the couple’s child,” Moskowitz said. “If the move is not in the child’s best interest, an attorney can help to defeat this attempt. This may include further mediation or going to court to modify the existing child timesharing arrangement, or parenting plan.
“A divorce can be one of the most challenging experiences of one’s life, and unfortunately, the challenges can continue long after the divorce is final,” Moskowitz said. “That’s why it’s important to work with an attorney who will stand by your side and help you to plan for and react to events as they occur.”
About The Law Offices of Brian M. Moskowitz
With offices located in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and West Palm Beach, The Law Offices of Brian M. Moskowitz handle 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 handles cases that involve divorce, child timesharing, custody and visitation, child support, mediation, modification, relocation, paternity and adoption. For more information, call the firm at (561) 995-5998 or use its online form.