Could your divorce benefit from some 'extra' expert advice?

If you and your spouse have decided that it is time to move on from your relationship, you are likely facing a host of financial, relationship and lifestyle decisions that will substantially impact your future. If you and your spouse have few debts, few assets and are likely to have a relatively amicable split, then you may be able to navigate your divorce with only the aid of an experienced family law attorney. However, if your split is likely to be characterized as a complex divorce for any reason, you may benefit from additional expert advice.

Experienced family law attorneys are trained to navigate the legal system on your behalf. They are also trained to help you make certain financial decisions, construct parenting plans and obtain orders of protection in situations involving domestic violence. However, you or your children may be in need of expertise that extends beyond your attorney’s education and experience. If this is the case, do not hesitate to reach out. Obtaining the support you need now will affect your future for the better.

You or your children may benefit from personal counseling or a child custody evaluator for the purposes of a child custody dispute. Though seeking personal counseling is a private decision and should be sought if you believe that your or your family could benefit from it, it is worth asking your attorney his or her opinion before seeking the assistance of a child custody evaluator.

In addition, you may benefit from the advice of financial planners, vocational experts, real estate experts and other individuals more well-versed in property and financial analysis than your attorney is. Laying a solid financial foundation for yourself now will greatly enhance your ability to live a single financial life successfully.

Source: Huffington Post, “Divorce Confidential: Using Experts In Your Divorce,” Caroline Choi, Oct. 24, 2013

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