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Who could use an expert witness in a divorce?

Every Colorado couple faces a different type of divorce after the decision is made to separate. Different factors may affect how long the process takes or how contentious the legal path becomes. Couples with children may face more complications than those without, and people who co-own businesses or other high-value assets may have more to fight over. At the same time, people conclude relatively amicable divorces while co-parenting or dealing with significant wealth on a regular basis. Every divorcing spouse needs to develop an individual approach to the process.

A family law attorney may help a divorcing spouse through the entire legal process, including handling major issues like child custody and property division. When both sides reach an impasse and are unable to arrive at a fair settlement, it may be necessary to bring in additional professional support in court in the form of an expert witness. This is especially true in matters that address a particular area of knowledge that goes beyond family law. For example, child custody experts might be brought into a contentious divorce between parents to issue recommendations. These experts are typically licensed mental health professionals.

In other cases, financial issues may be the cause of a dispute. Divorcing spouses might clash over the valuation of a business, or one spouse may believe that the other is hiding assets in order to avoid property division. In some cases, one spouse alleges that the other is underestimating income to evade spousal support. A forensic accountant can examine financial records and provide expert testimony.

A family law attorney may work with a divorcing spouse to develop a comprehensive strategy. Whether a divorce is simple or complex, a lawyer may work to achieve a fair outcome on matters like child custody, asset division and spousal support.

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