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Why Might I Need an Expert Witness in a Divorce in New Jersey?

Divorces can be stressful and may require various disputes to be settled. In some cases, a spouse may need to use an expert witness to testify on a matter that needs resolution. If you are going through a divorce and are considering the use of an expert witness, it is in your best interest to contact Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, L.L.C. today to discuss your options. Our experienced New Jersey divorce attorneys are committed to helping you navigate through this challenging time.

Why would I need an expert witness in New Jersey?

An expert witness can be used to assist in a family law case. Typically, witnesses will aid in a case outside of litigation. For example, they can participate in mediation, arbitration, collaborative divorces, and other alternative dispute resolution methods. These experts are often from financial or psychological fields and can bring knowledge, experience, and an unbiased opinion to the situation. For instance, many expert testimonies will assist during a division of assets or dispute over child custody. Although their testimony cannot be set in stone, it can frequently carry more weight than a spousal testimony.

What are the different types of expert witnesses used in divorce proceedings?

There are several expert witnesses that can be used in a divorce that are dependant on the circumstances of the case. Some examples of expert witnesses include:

  • 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 questions about expert witnesses in family law disputes or are considering using an expert witness in your New Jersey divorce, do not hesitate to contact our firm today to speak with one of our legal experts.


If you have any questions regarding your family law matter, you can depend on our legal team to fight for your best interests, every step of the way. Contact Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark L.L.C. today to learn more about how our legal team can assist you.