Divorce is a confusing and stressful time for anyone. There are so many areas that need to be addressed: legal, financial, and of course emotional. To make matters worse, everyone is giving you advice, a lot of it conflicting. How will you handle it all?
The answer is: you don’t. At least not by yourself. You need to put together a team of experts with specialized experience in all these areas of the divorce process. Let’s take a closer look at the different professionals you should have in your corner.
Your attorney is the most essential member of the team. In addition to advocating for you and protecting your rights when the marital estate is divided and matters like spousal maintenance and child custody are discussed, they will give you sound advice that is untainted by emotion. Using their knowledge of New York divorce law, they will strive to get you the best settlement possible.
Certified divorce financial analyst
For some divorces, the financial landscape can be complex, which is why the insights and in-depth knowledge of a certified divorce financial analyst (CDFA) can help. CDFAs are experts in the financial complications surrounding divorce. They use their knowledge of asset distribution, tax law and financial planning to help achieve a fair and equitable divorce settlement.
Forensic accountants are financial experts who combine accounting skills with investigative ability. One of their most important roles in a divorce action is locating hidden assets. They may review income tax return and banking statements for any signs of unknown assets and, if your spouse owns a business, all transactions will be closely scrutinized.
Private investigators are retained in divorce actions for a number of reasons. If you are being abused by your spouse, an investigator can turn up evidence that supports a restraining order. They can also locate hidden assets and determine the truth if your spouse tries to make their earnings appear lower to minimize the support they have to pay. Private investigators have even been known to assist in child custody matters by proving that the other parent drinks or uses drugs when the children are with them.
Even amicable divorces are stressful, with all the life changes that you have to prepare for and make. Regular appointments with a therapist can help you keep everything in perspective as you go through this difficult transition in your life.
The right combination of professionals can save you money, ensure that you get your fair share of the marital estate, and help you minimize stress throughout the divorce process. When it’s time to begin your new and independent life, you’ll be ready.
Contact the law office of Jayson Lutzky, P.C. Mr. Lutzky is a Bronx attorney who handles divorce cases, both uncontested (“simple” divorces) and contested cases. He has helped thousands of clients over the past 34 years. Call his office at 718-514-6619 to set up your free in-office initial consultation.