When going through a divorce in Missouri, while a spouse will want to consult with an attorney, there may also be other experts involved in a divorce that can help sort out some key issues, like those related to child custody and spousal support. These experts can either be hired by the spouse going through the divorce, or be appointed by the court. An attorney can provide further information on what makes the most sense going forward.
A recent Huffington Post article titled, “Divorce Confidential: Using Experts In Your Divorce,” looked at some of the reasons to bring in an experts.
For example, let’s say a soon-to-be ex-wife is trying to claim a father is an unfit parent who lives a radical lifestyle. However, the father is making the same claims about the mother. This is where a psychological expert may step in to assess the situation. This expert can provide an analysis, while also providing their opinions on the divorce and how the divorce may be affecting the children.
This expert can then provide the courts with recommendations related to child custody and a visitation plan.
An expert can also be called in when there are spousal support questions. For example, let us say a wife is claiming she deserves spousal support since she was a full-time stay-at-home mom. In this case, a vocational expert may be able to come in and assess what the unemployed spouse’s ability is to work now and in the future.
Of course though, these are just two examples of when experts can end up being brought into a divorce. If two spouses owned a business together, this may call for a business valuation expert, while wanting to sell jointly owned property could mean calling in a real estate expert.
An attorney who has experience handling all different types of divorce cases will be able to provide more options and lead a spouse in the direction that makes the most sense.
Source: Huffington Post, “Divorce Confidential: Using Experts In Your Divorce,” Caroline Choi, Oct. 24, 2013