In California divorce cases, it is not uncommon for parties to hire experts to provide testimony or evidence on various issues. Here are some examples of experts that may be utilized in a California divorce case:
Forensic Accountant: A forensic accountant can be hired to evaluate and analyze financial records and provide an opinion on the value of assets and debts, as well as to identify any hidden assets or income.
Appraiser: An appraiser can be hired to determine the value of property, such as a house, business, or personal property, that is subject to division in the divorce.
Child Custody Evaluator: An evaluator can be hired to evaluate the needs of the child(ren) and make recommendations to the court regarding custody and visitation arrangements.
Vocational Expert: A vocational expert can be hired to evaluate the job skills, earning capacity, and employment opportunities of a party, particularly in cases where there is a dispute over spousal support.
Mental Health Expert: A mental health expert, such as a therapist or psychiatrist, can be hired to provide an opinion on issues related to mental health, including whether a parent is capable of caring for their child(ren), or whether a party has the capacity to make decisions related to the divorce.
In addition to these experts, there may be other specialists that could be useful in your particular case. It’s important to consult with an experienced divorce attorney who can assess your situation and recommend the appropriate experts for your case.
It’s also important to note that hiring experts can be expensive, so it’s important to consider the costs and benefits of each expert carefully. In some cases, it may be a good option to use a joint expert who is agreed upon by both parties to reduce costs.