Divorce is hard. No matter how amicable the split, divorce is a complex and emotionally and mentally draining process. A lot is at stake during a divorce—assets, custody, alimony, and more—so it's essential to make sure you have the best possible team in your corner to help you through it. Here are some professionals you should consider consulting during your divorce.
A Forensic accountant is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) specializing in family law financial matters. They are often court-appointed to review financial records and determine the value of assets such as businesses, real estate, investments, and retirement accounts.
Forensic accountants can also help identify hidden assets. If you or your spouse own a business or have complex financial holdings, a forensic accountant may be a valuable asset to help ensure an equitable division of assets.
If you have children, their well-being should be your top priority throughout the divorce process. Child psychologists can provide invaluable insight into how your divorce will impact your children and offer guidance on minimizing the negative effects. They can also help create a parenting plan that is in the child's best interests and considers each parent's schedule and ability to care for the child. If you are hoping for joint custody, a child psychologist can be an essential ally in helping to make that happen.
A guardian ad-litem (GAL) is an attorney appointed by the court to represent any children involved in a divorce. A GAL may be asked to investigate both parents and provide an independent opinion about what living arrangement is in the child's best interests. The GAL's report will be given to the judge, who will use it to make an informed decision when determining custody.
In order to avoid the costly and time-consuming process of going to court, many divorcing couples choose mediation as their method for resolving matters such as asset division, alimony payments, and child support. During the mediation process, a neutral mediator helps both parties come to an agreement they both find agreeable. Mediation can be a great way to reach a settlement quickly without needing a trial.
You will need to seek financial independence after your divorce, which can be difficult if you have to return to the workforce after time spent caring for your children, home, or others while your spouse worked. A financial advisor can help you create a plan for your post-divorce life and make sure you are making the best decisions to ensure long-term security. They can also help you understand how taxes, alimony, and other factors will affect your finances after your divorce.
Of course, the most important member of your divorce team will be a qualified divorce attorney. An experienced lawyer can advise you on your legal rights and ensure all relevant paperwork is completed correctly. They can also provide invaluable insight into the court system and help anticipate any issues that may arise as your case progresses.
Deeper Understanding. Better Solutions.
Divorce is never easy, but consulting experienced professionals can help ensure you get the best outcome possible. Whether it's a forensic accountant, child psychologist, court-approved mediator, or financial advisor, having knowledgeable experts on your side can make all the difference in helping you successfully navigate this difficult time.
At Law Offices of Michael D. Iverson, APC, our attorney can help you prepare for your next chapter and find the best solutions during your divorce. Whether it be helping you meet with a mediator or preparing for your financial future, our attorney can help you create informed solutions for your complex divorce issues. Call us today at (951) 418-2770 to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you.