Divorce & P.E.A.C.E.
By: Chadwick M. Layton, Esq.
Family law judges and experienced divorce attorneys in Palm Beach County often reference the acronym P.E.A.C.E. This provides a broad overview of the issues to be addressed in the divorce process.
Of course, all of these issues do not apply to every divorce. If there are no minor children, parental responsibility (aka custody) and child support will not apply.
Equitable distribution on the other hand is an issue which must be addressed in every divorce. This deals with all assets and liabilities owned by the parties together as well as those owned individually by either party. Legal classifications must be assigned as marital or non-marital. Thereafter, an equitable distribution of the marital assets and the liabilities should be made.
Once equitable distribution is addressed, those assets determined to be non-marital are not necessarily out of reach to the non titled spouse. Non-marital assets are typically assets which were inherited by one spouse individually or assets which a spouse owned prior to the marriage. These assets should be reviewed to determine the financial position of each party. This analysis should include credits to each party which they will receive from the equitable distribution of marital assets. Thereafter, if a need for either temporary or permanent support and an ability to pay this support are present, alimony may be appropriate. As stated in more detail in prior articles, many factors will determine if alimony is appropriate and what amounts and durations apply.
Everything else in my experience is just as important as the elements discussed above. This involves identifying the specific facts of the marriage and the most important goals of the client which will allow he or she to get past this difficult time in life and move forward.
Our law firm has been handling divorce matters in West Palm Beach and Lake Worth for more than 30 years. We continue to start each case with the a personal consultation to understand the most important goals of the client. During this conference, the attorney and client establish a goal list and discuss the remedies available to the client under the Family Law Statutes and Florida case law. Thereafter, our firm employs every available legal resource to attain the goals we set out to accomplish on behalf of the client.
Further information regarding Divorce, Alimony, Marital Law and Custody issues in Palm Beach County is available at LaytonLawOffices.com.
If you are seriously considering Divorce or a Family Law matter in West Palm Beach, call (561) 585-4631 to schedule an initial consultation with Family law and Divorce Attorney Chad M. Layton, Esq. or e-mail his scheduling assistant,
Harvey Waddell & Layton
101 North J Street, Suite 1
Lake Worth, FL 33460