Why use an expert witness in a divorce?

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2019 | Divorce |

When people in Ohio decide to divorce, it can quickly become apparent that the end of every marriage is unique. Some people, regardless of assets, may be swiftly able to reach a negotiated settlement and move on amicably. However, when a divorce is more contentious and involves extensive assets or children, the process can become lengthy and challenging. When both parties cannot reach an agreement over the distribution of property or custody of the children, it could lead to ongoing court hearings on these key issues. As a result, each spouse may find it useful to rely on expert witnesses in order to bolster their claims.

Divorcing spouses often work with a family law attorney to develop an approach to the legal aspects of a divorce. In some cases, the issues in dispute may require specialized knowledge in order to persuade the family court judge. For example, child custody experts are some of the most commonly used expert witnesses in divorce cases. Usually mental health professionals, these experts will usually interview parents, children and other concerned parties and make a recommendation as to the best interests of the children. Each spouse may bring forth experts to support their arguments.

Property division is another area in which expert witnesses can be critical. When both spouses own a business, there may be a dispute over how to value the business and determine its worth. In addition, if one spouse believes the other to be hiding assets, a forensic accountant may be able to examine financial documents and expose secret accounts.

In many of these cases, expert witnesses may become involved in high-asset divorces with a higher level of conflict. A family law attorney may help a divorcing spouse determine the best approach for each individual case and work to achieve a fair settlement on all outstanding matters.