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The role of expert witnesses in a divorce

People in Ohio who decide to divorce may face a number of unique and complicating factors. Every person's divorce is different, and the issues that can accompany the end of a marriage will be affected by whether a couple has children or how amicable the separation may be. In addition, financial issues can have a major effect on the divorce process. A divorce that involves dividing a business or other assets in a high net worth family may require the involvement of a number of professionals to help both parties arrive at a fair result.

People going through a divorce may turn to a family law attorney to guide the legal process of dissolving a marriage. However, a lawyer may bring in other experts to testify when needed. One of the types of expert witnesses most commonly involved in divorce cases is a child custody expert. When parents cannot reach an agreement in a contentious custody case, an expert can offer recommendations about the best interests of the child. Frequently, these experts are psychologists, psychiatrists or other licensed mental health professionals who can interview the parents and children involved.

When there is a dispute over the valuation of a business or other high-value assets involved in a divorce, a forensic accountant can offer expert testimony. These accountants will review financial statements and address contentious issues. If one spouse accuses the other of hiding assets, this kind of accountant may be needed to prove or disprove the allegations.

A divorcing spouse may work with a family law attorney to determine whether experts are necessary in the case and, if so, which kinds of experts to utilize. An attorney may provide guidance throughout the divorce and work to achieve a fair settlement on all matters, including property division and child custody.

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