For our clients at Westfield Mediation, LLC, we recommend that each person see his/her own review attorney in a limited manner- to fully understand their legal rights. We don’t want anyone to worry later that he/she did not get a fair divorce settlement. The attorney can also file any paperwork needed for court. We also recommend you see your tax advisor to understand the tax implications of the decisions you make about alimony and dividing your assets and finances. Beyond that, it depends on each couple’s specific issues. Some people’s situation calls for a child or adult to get support from a therapist. A person may need to be evaluated by an employment specialist regarding job opportunities and realistic expectations for future income. Someone may want to see a financial planner to better understand how they can afford their lifestyle post-divorce. A personal business may need to be evaluated by a forensic accountant. A pension may need to be appraised by a pension appraiser. Depending on the couple, they may need all of the above, or none.
While the list seems long, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or expensive. At Westfield Mediation, LLC, we have developed relationships with a variety of experts, and if your situation calls for additional professionals, we can give you a list from which to choose. You always keep control over who gets involved and to what extent. Knowledge is power and we want our clients to make well-informed decisions about their future. We don’t pretend to know everything about everything. We will point you in the right direction so you can get the appropriate support for your situation.
We help people reach decisions regarding their divorce. And sometimes the situation calls for information or support which is beyond our expertise. Luckily for our clients, we know many experts and advisors who can help.
For more information about divorce mediation contact Randi M. Albert, JD, or Michelle Weinberg, LMFT, at Westfield Mediation, LLC, at 908.913.0373. View our website at www.westfieldnjmediation.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.