One particular of a divorce attorney’s most essential roles is to assemble and handle a group of specialists to aid help your divorce narrative, your side of the story. Obtaining the very best specialists who can present compelling proof is necessary for very best final results.
Authorities can either advise discreetly in the background as consultants or present direct testimony by way of deposition or reside testimony ahead of a loved ones judge. A wide variety of specialists are frequently named upon in Connecticut divorces. Forensic accountants who specialize in tax laws, small business valuations and cryptocurrency may possibly be necessary. Tracing and dissipation claims frequently are vital to unravel, organize and present complicated monetary concerns.
Mental wellness pros, such as psychologists, are utilised to carry out custody evaluations. Compensation or vocational consultants, actual estate appraisers, private investigators, computer system specialists and other specialty appraisers of fine art, wine, vehicles or antiques are added examples of other categories of specialists retained in divorce matters.
Coordinating a certified group of credible specialists with practical experience testifying in court is vital as specialist testimony delivers the factual and evidentiary foundation on which your story rests. Specialist input also aids to inform and design and style the strategy to discovery.
Authorities may possibly be named upon to define and/or evaluate:
— Complicated revenue streams (that may possibly impact an alimony award) like restricted stock, phantom stock, carried interest, deferred compensation (topic to vesting) and contingent compensation. Several folks in Fairfield County are not straight salary staff and have difficult, variable revenue streams.
— Complicated monetary assets such as ownership in private equity investments (restricted liability corporations, restricted partnerships, and so forth.), venture capital structures and hedge funds, amongst other individuals loved ones corporations (with liquidity, valuation, and obtain-out challenges) and foreign and unregistered securities and investments.
— Present worth of actual estate and exotic assets: the principal marital residence, holiday residences, loved ones estates (no matter whether or not they will be sold) exotic home and collections (wine, fine art, vehicles, horses, and so forth.).
— Tax consequences of promoting securities and/or home (neither celebration desires a tax liability surprise): massive tax liabilities may possibly be developed by way of liquidation of distinct holdings in investment portfolios if essential in the division of assets tax remedy for items like the “carried interest” connected with hedge funds is difficult and calls for specialist guidance.
— Parenting capabilities and mental wellness, specifically as it may possibly effect physical custody and, visitation: A mental wellness qualified may well testify to the severity of a parent’s character disorder or pattern of substance abuse (e.g., narcissistic character disorder or alcohol abuse) and how it impacts their parenting capabilities and the very best interests of their kid. Also, a parent diagnosed with problems such as bipolar, substantial anxiousness or substance abuse may possibly be essential to undergo a mental wellness evaluation, rehabilitation, or monitoring as ordered by the court.
— Earning capacity: An earning capacity may possibly be assigned to spouse who is not earning revenue to his or her complete prospective. A compensation qualified may possibly be hired to interview a spouse and analyze education, practical experience and capabilities and then named upon to testify as to that individual’s earning capacity. Assessing revenue prospective is essential to the determination of alimony and kid help, and is frequently in dispute.
— Private investigators: Private investigators may possibly investigate infidelity, hidden assets, unfit behavior relevant to kid custody and parenting, co-habitation of a former spouse, and criminal history.
Truth patterns in Connecticut divorce are frequently complicated, specifically in the wealthier towns and communities in reduce Fairfield County. Presenting a “winning narrative” can hinge on the group of specialists assembled to help your claims.
Assembling a customized group of specialists to present a winning narrative with substance to aid the loved ones judge to see your vision of essential concerns in your divorce dispute is an essential function of the divorce lawyer and a important to excellent final results.
Melissa Needle, a lifetime Connecticut resident, is founder of the Westport-primarily based law firm Needle Cuda. She has exclusively practiced divorce and loved ones law for much more than 30 years. She can be reached at 203-557-9500 or by way of the firm’s web page, www.needlecuda.com.