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The ABCs of Dealing With Domestic Violence

Domestic violence was a part of my family's life for years. When I made the decision to leave with my children, I had to rely on the law to provide the protection we needed. Sometimes, the system does not work as fast as we want. I soon learned that going at it alone without any guidance caused significant delays. I created this blog to help others who are seeking legal means to deal with an abusive ex. By making the right moves, it is possible to get the necessary protections in place so that you can also live a happier and healthier life.


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When More Divorce Help Is Needed

by Gina Hill

You might hope to have a friendly and simple divorce but that is not always in the cards. Divorces that involve custody issues, cheating, property disputes, and more can be a lot more complex and can cost more too. Your divorce lawyer or the family court judge occasionally suggests that the parties use a third-party in support of contentious issues. Read on for a sampling of some of these helpful, outside people with your divorce.

Private Investigators

It's not always about cheating when you hire a private investigator since fault is seldom used in divorce proceedings any more. Some states still allow fault to be used, however, and these third-party professionals can come in handy when trying to prove adultery. They are also useful in contested child custody cases where evidence of parental wrong-doing is needed for the court case. Be sure to use a licensed investigator and find out the costs ahead of time.

Child Custody Evaluators

These professionals are usually affiliated with the social services professions. In some cases, the family court judge orders that a child study be performed in an effort to give them more information about the fitness of the parents. An evaluation involves a series of interviews between the child and both parties. The results of the evaluation are presented to the judge and they rely on the recommendations of the professional when making custody and visitation decisions. Often, the parents are responsible for paying the fees of the evaluators and they can be very expensive.

Forensic Accountants

The divorce process involves the exchange of financial information so that valid decisions can be made about child support, spousal support, debt divisions, and asset allocations. In some cases, one party is not as forthcoming as they should be even after their financial records have been subpoenaed. That is where forensic accountants step in to scrutinize the financial affairs of a spouse and uncover hidden assets that should be considered marital property. Those who have businesses that deal in cash may be more likely to hide assets than others.

When it comes to hiring extra help, your family law attorney can take the lead and advise you on who to use and how to utilize them. In most cases, hiring these people to help you with a divorce issue raises the cost of the divorce considerably but important issues like child custody, support, and the marital settlement agreement can be affected in a major way when more information is needed.