By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
It is very common in my divorce practice to seek the assistance of other professionals to help me litigate a case. Below is a list of professionals I use and why:
1. Psychotherapist, psychiatrist, child psychologist, social workers. I use these professionals mostly in dealing with children’s issues like custody, sole parental responsibility and time sharing.
2. Vocational evaluators. If a spouse refuses to pursue a career or simply find employment, these experts can testify as to earnings and ability. I use these professionals mostly in alimony cases.
3. CPAs. I use accountants to trace funds, do lifestyle studies, value businesses, assess finances, determine one’s true income. CPAs are my best friends when alimony and high assets are at stake.
4. Appraisers. If the marriage included extensive and substantial art work, jewelry, antiques, coins, stamps, guns, cars, anything of exceptional value, I use appraisers to help in equitable distribution of assets cases.
5. Real estate agents. Obviously these experts assist me in valuations of real estate whether it is the marital home, vacation home, rental or commercial buildings.
6. Medical personnel. These experts assess special needs children and spouses for support purposes.
7. Tax attorneys and CPAs. These experts help with end games to show tax effects of settlement offers and their true value.
8. Estate planning attorneys and financial planners. These experts can assess a settlement offer to see if it is workable over a lifetime.
9. Private investigators. You know what they do. Now in the computer age information is priceless.
I would not hesitate to co counsel with any of these experts if I feel it is in the best interests of my client. In high asset cases or child custody cases where there is a lot at stake, experts are the best advisors to a judge. For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at http://www.familylawwpb.com.