Expert Witnesses in a New Jersey Divorce | What to Know
Divorce is an incredibly stressful process and there are a lot of different things that will need to be determined. In some cases, you may need an expert witness to help determine some of the matters of your divorce. Read on for more information regarding expert witnesses in New Jersey divorces.
Why Would I Need an Expert Witness?
During a divorce, expert witnesses are sometimes used to assist a case. This is typically done outside of litigation through alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation, arbitration, and collaborative divorces. These individuals are often in the financial or psychological field. Using an expert is valuable because of their knowledge, experience, and unbiased view of the situation. For example, certain expert testimonies can assist during the division of assets or disputes over child custody concerns. It is important to know their testimony is not set in stone. However, it may be weighted more heavily than spousal testimonies during disputes.
What are Types of Expert Witnesses Used in Family Law?
There are a variety of expert witnesses that may be used in a divorce. They can vary depending on the specifics of the case. This can include the following:
- Small Business Experts – This can be valuable for self-employed individuals. One spouse may claim their partner’s business is valued higher or their projected income is greater than it really is. Business experts can settle these disputes.
- Financial Experts – This expert can help to value retirement assets, small businesses, properties, cost of child care, and other complications when dealing with financial aspects of a divorce.
- Medical Experts – Medical professionals may be used to determine the cost of healthcare for a child or a spouse. This testimony may impact alimony or child support eligibility and/or amounts.
- Psychologists – Psychologists and social workers may be used as expert witnesses, especially in matters of domestic violence. They make recommendations that benefit the child’s physical and psychological well-being.
- Real Estate Experts – These experts can help to accurately value all owned properties during the division of assets.
If you have any questions or concerns about using an expert witness in your New Jersey divorce, contact our firm today to speak with an experienced and dedicated divorce attorney.
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