By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
There are many times in divorce cases that expert testimony or evidence is needed. Most often CPAs perform analysis of the family finances, in terms of establishing valuations of a business, determining a party’s true income and expenses, and determinations of the truthfulness of financial affidavits. Asset valuations and financial information is determined by using an accountants or forensic CPAs. That person is key when it comes to depositions, temporary relief hearings and trial testimony and evidence. Financial information controls child support, alimony awards, as well as distribution of marital assets and debts. They also determine the ultimate outcome of any settlement or court order regarding the taxable events or ramifications of taxes in the overall scheme of things.
Appraisers are also needed in divorce cases to establish the value of jewelry, artwork, pianos, antiques and collectibles, such as stamp collections, wine collections, coin and gun collections, antique car collections. Testimony of an appraiser can effect the distribution of marital assets.
Real estate agents and brokers value real property such as residences, rental property, and commercial property. Divorce often forces sale.
Child psychologists get involved in time sharing and custody issues. Oftentimes their testimony based upon home studies, helps the judge in determining what is in the best interests of the child.
Marriage counselors can testify as to rehabilitation of adults accused of drug use, alcohol abuse, anger management, and other mental health issues that may effect the outcome of a divorce.
Sometimes divorce trials become a “battle of the experts” so if your case is complex, or is going to trial, you should consider retaining the services of these expert witnesses. For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the attorneys at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561-835-9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at http://www.familylawwpb.com.