In some cases, expert witnesses are used in a divorce. This may be done outside of litigation through alternative dispute resolutions methods including arbitration, mediation, and collaborative divorces. Expert witnesses are often in the financial or psychological field who have the necessary knowledge, experience, and an unbiased view of the outcome. Certain expert testimonies can be useful for the division of assets process or disputes over child custody concerns. The expert’s testimony is not set in stone. However, it is weighted more heavily than spousal testimonies during disputes. To learn more about this process and how our Bergen County NJ family law & divorce attorneys can assist you, continue reading and reach out to our firm.
What types of expert witnesses are used in family law?
Many different expert witnesses may be used in a divorce depending on the specifics of the case. The following are some of the types of expert witnesses that are used in family law:
- Small Business Experts: Utilizing a small business expert can be valuable for self-employed individuals. One spouse may claim that their partner’s business is valued higher or their projected income is great than it really is. A small business expert can settle these types of disputes.
- Financial Experts: Financial experts can value retirement assets, properties, cost of child care, small businesses, and other complications that may arise when dealing with the financial aspects of a divorce.
- Medical Experts: Medical experts may be brought into a divorce process to determine the cost of healthcare for a child or for a spouse. A medical professional’s testimony may impact child support eligibility, child support amounts, or alimony.
- Psychologists: Psychologists and social workers are often used as expert witnesses when there are matters of domestic violence in a divorce. A psychologist’s testimonials may include making recommendations that benefit the child’s physical and psychological well-being.
- Real Estate Experts: Real estate experts will be utilized in a divorce to help accurately value all owned properties during the division of assets.
If you have any further questions about how expert witnesses may impact your divorce, do not hesitate to reach out to our team of Bergen County NJ family law & divorce attorneys at Townsend, Tomaio, & Newmark. Give our firm a call today.
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