When you’re getting ready to go through a divorce, one thing you should know is that you may need more than just an attorney. Usually, it’s a good idea to have a divorce team, which means working with people such as:
- Forensic accountants
- Private investigators
- Tax professionals
Having all of these people on your side is a great way to be able to identify all your assets, value them accurately, gather information or evidence of wrongdoing and protect your interests moving forward.
What’s the importance of putting together a solid divorce team?
With a divorce team, you’re working with people who are experts in their fields. That might mean a forensic accountant who is able to go through your accounts and find missing money or appraisers who are able to accurately detail how much your art collection is worth. Having all these people work together means you’re going to have the best chance of accuracy during the divorce.
One of the professionals who is sometimes overlooked is the private investigator. If you’re looking into proving that your spouse is cheating, that abuse has taken place or need evidence of other claims you’d like to make, they may be able to help you do that. Then, they can pass that information on to you and your attorney, so you can take it to the court as necessary.
Don’t forget about the importance of working with a tax professional, too. A divorce can have a significant impact on your income and taxes, so you want to know that you’re taking the right steps to prepare for your upcoming taxes. For example, if you have children and are the primary caregiver, you may want to verify that you’re the one who can claim them as dependents on your taxes, so you can save more (or even get money back) on your taxes.
If you’d like to work with a quality team of professionals during your divorce, it’s a good idea to start with your attorney and ask them about others they’ve worked with. Do your research, and you’ll be able to put together a team that is there to help you.