EXPERT WITNESSES By Fred Dunsing on January 16, 2024

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to stay out of court, that's exactly where you end up.  You can hope for s settlement, but if the other party won’t agree, the judge is going to make the decision about values and the division of property and debt.

Likewise, if the parents cannot agree on what kind of parenting time schedule is best for a child, the judge will decide.

This is where expert witnesses come in, and their assistance can be invaluable at trial (assuming, of course, that the expert opinion aligns with your goals and opinions).

Experts are often successful at giving a judge some professional direction as to the current value of assets such as retirement plans, that might be otherwise miscalculated by the other attorney or the Court.  They can also be quite useful at valuing businesses, or at giving the court expert opinions as to a person’s ability to afford maintenance (alimony) and what a person’s actual income is.  Others may be quite useful in providing direction about what kind of parenting plan would be in the best interests of a child given that child’s age and attachment to each parent.

Experts are not free and can cost several thousand dollars or more.  But the cost may be worth it in your case if you are fighting for a particular outcome.

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