Hiring an expert can be very useful in a divorce case. Experts have specialized knowledge based on their education, training, or experience. They use this knowledge and apply it to the facts of each divorce case to come up with expert opinions about things that are relevant during divorce. We discuss some of the experts you may need during divorce proceedings below.
A property expert is one that specializes in the valuation of property. It may be real property, such as the family home, a rental property, or vacation home. It could refer to a commercial building, such as an apartment complex or a retail store. Property experts can also offer insights on the value of personal property, including:
- Stamp collections
- Rare coins or
- Other items of value.
Valuing property is the first step in determining how to divide the property.
A financial expert may determine the value of one party’s retirement account, the value of a family business, or other business partnership. A financial expert can also value stock options, the couple’s financial portfolio, et cetera. Like a property expert, a financial expert can help set the scene for subsequent property division.
A vocational expert provides information on whether and what conditions a spouse may return to the work force. They work with the spouse to identify a preferred field of employment and determine the amount of education or training that the spouse must complete to qualify to work in their chosen field. This can be important in cases where a party is seeking rehabilitative alimony.
Child Psychologists and Child Therapists
When determining time sharing allocation, courts must make decisions in the best interests of the child. Child psychologists and child therapists can assist the court in that task. They speak with the children, the parents, extended family, and even, in some cases, teachers or other adults important in the children’s lives, to determine what may be in a child’s best interests.
Hiding assets is not a common phenomenon. However, it does happen. If one party suspects the other is hiding assets in an attempt to retain more property in the divorce, a forensic accountant has the skills necessary to review records and identify hidden assets.
A medical expert offers insights for families who have children with special medical needs. A medical expert can provide the court with information about long term treatment or extended care. Information may include the cost of this treatment or care, as well as various approaches, how invasive they may be, and how the child may benefit from various types of care.
Do You Need an Expert in Your Divorce?
The good news is, not every divorce requires an expert. However, when an expert is needed, it is important to have an attorney who is familiar enough with divorce law to both recognize the need and have access to competent experts. At the Carolan Family Law Firm, P.A., we focus exclusively on divorce and family law. We can help you navigate the court system and work towards a settlement that suits the needs of you and your family. Call today at 305-358-2330.
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