Even if you think that your estate is relatively straightforward, your divorce proceeding could likely benefit from the services of one of the following financial experts.
If you have reason to believe that your spouse has hidden funds or assets in order to avoid a just and equitable division of property, a forensic accountant may be helpful for your case. Though a spouse is prohibited from concealing assets during a divorce proceeding, this does not always stop him/her from attempting to do so. A forensic account could help support your claims of any such wrongful conduct.
Non-Marital Tracing Expert
If you are asserting a non-marital claim, it may be beneficial for you to hire an expert to conduct your non-marital tracing. This can be particularly helpful if you anticipate that your spouse will not easily stipulate to your non-marital claim. The expert can review and analyze your tracing documents, request further information/documents from you, and write a report on your non-marital claim that can be very useful in negotiations and at a potential trial. Oftentimes, this is a much more efficient process than going back and forth with opposing counsel.
If spousal maintenance is an issue in your case, you may want to speak with a financial planner, especially if you are the spouse requesting spousal maintenance. A financial planner can help you create a reasonable monthly budget for your spousal maintenance claim. From a practical perspective, a financial planner can also provide you with key advice to get on track financially after your divorce has been finalized.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of financial experts. If you have a financial issue in your divorce proceeding, chances are relatively good that there is an expert who can help.