Every marriage is not meant to last forever. No matter what the reasoning behind the divorce, it is important to have legal representation for each side. I almost lost everything because my former spouse said that he was taking care of things and that he would be fair about how the assets were divided. It took several weeks for me to find out what he was up to. It was then that I hired my own attorney and got what I deserved. You should never attempt to go through a divorce without a lawyer working on your side. On my site, I have listed several of the issues that can get overlooked if you are inexperienced with divorce documents and proceedings.
Not all divorces are simple and quick matters. Each divorce is as unique as the parties and the complexity can depend on whether or not children are involved, the income level of the parties, and how well the parties get along with each other. In many cases, disputes about custody, property, and more can only be resolved using third-party help. To find out about a few of the most common professionals that could be called upon during your divorce, read on.
These professionals are called upon to help keep the parties out of court when they disagree on some major aspect of divorce. For instance, if the parties are in disagreement about who should have the family home, a mediator may be suggested by your divorce lawyer. Mediation can also be ordered by a judge. This process does add a cost to your divorce but is not usually as expensive or stressful as taking things to the courtroom.
Child Study Professionals
One way judges get more information about child custody and visitation issues is to order a child study. Conducted by educated and trained professionals in the mental health field, the study mostly consists of a series of interviews with both the parents and the child. Caution: if you perceive that the study is not going well, speak to your divorce lawyer at once.
Your lawyer may advise you to use the services of a private investigator. Almost all divorce lawyers have investigators on speed-dial to use when more information is needed. While fault and cheating may no longer be issues in divorce, private eyes are still useful for custody, debt, and property issues. For instance, you might want to know about it if your spouse is purchasing drugs before you let your child go on visitation with them.
Divorce is closely associated with financial concerns. The amount of money a party has at their disposal can come into play several times during divorce. Child support, for instance, is based on income. Property divisions in general depend on open disclosures of assets. If you suspect your spouse of hiding or undervaluing assets, you may need the services of a special accountant trained and experienced in uncovering hidden financial dealings.
If suggested by your lawyer, chances are these third-party party professionals are expected to play a large part in your divorce. To find out more, speak to your divorce lawyer.