Divorce for Healthcare Professionals in Palm Beach County
Special considerations for members of our medical community and their spouses
The Law Offices of Schwartz | White represents healthcare professionals or their spouses throughout South Florida in divorce cases. With more than 50 years of combined experience, our attorneys have the knowledge to valuate complex medical practice assets and professional degrees and to take the necessary steps to keep businesses intact following divorce proceedings.
Keeping a healthcare practice in operation
Florida Statute §61.075 governs the equitable distribution of marital assets and liabilities. Under this section of divorce law, the court is directed to set aside each spouse’s non-marital assets and divide the marital property equally between the parties. However, certain factors may influence the court to award an unequal share to each. The following expresses one such consideration: “The desirability of retaining any asset, including an interest in a business, corporation or professional practice, intact and free from any claim or interference by the other party.”
The Law Offices of Schwartz | White helps medical professionals protect the businesses they worked so hard to build. Even when representing the spouse of the business owner, we recognize the value of keeping this important asset intact — especially as it may generate income to pay spousal support, child support or other childrearing expenses — and we may negotiate for other property to avoid encumbering the practice.
Valuating the business and professional degrees
Valuating the medical practice and professional degrees requires sophisticated economic and accounting procedures. Our attorneys employ the use of forensic accountants and business valuators to assess the accurate value of such businesses and determine the amount to which the spouse may be entitled. In making a decision in this regard, the court considers such matters as:
- Interruption of a spouse’s career or education
- Contributions made by a spouse to the career or education of the other
- Contributions made by a spouse in the acquisition, enhancement and production of income
Discretion and accessibility
South Florida is home to some of the most skilled and committed medical professionals serving a diverse and growing population. These businesspeople rely on their solid reputations to build their practices in a competitive market. We always exhibit the utmost discretion and professionalism when dealing with medical professionals and their families.
In addition, we recognize that busy schedules and constant emergencies may make it difficult to attend appointments at our office during regular business hours. We provide flexible appointments on evenings and weekends to accommodate doctors, anesthesiologists, dentists, nurses and other professionals whose schedules may not allow them the luxury of taking time off from work to handle their personal issues.
Consult experienced South Florida attorneys, representing healthcare professionals or their spouses
For help with issues concerning the divorce of healthcare professionals, call the Law Offices of Schwartz | White at 561.391.9943 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We serve all of South Florida from our Boca Raton office, conveniently located off I-95 in the Bank of America Building. Free parking is available.