In a divorce matter, often, the first interaction the parties have with the court is the negotiation and entry of a Case Management Order. That Order sets the stage for your litigation.
The Case Management Order will include deadlines for exchanging discovery materials between parties. Those deadlines are governed by the Rules of Court and the timelines contained therein.
The second important aspect of your Case Management Order relates to the retention of experts. The type of experts parties can retain in divorce litigation ranges. Parties may retain forensic financial investigators who will review business revenues and provide a cash flow analysis for the income of one party. Or, parties can also retain a forensic custody evaluator who will conduct psychological testing on the parties and children involved. That expert will then render an opinion on what custody and parenting time arrangement is in the children’s best interests.
It is important that you identify, for the court, the issues in your case in that Case Management Order. Often times, courts will bind the parties to the deadlines contained therein and will prevent the later retention of experts, if they were not identified in the document.
It is important to discuss with your attorney all of the facets of your case, so that he or she can identify which experts might be relevant to your matter and preserve your right to retain said experts within the initial Case Management Order.
It is important to protect yourself during a divorce action and here at Shane and White, LLC we are committed to assisting you with your matrimonial and family law needs. Please contact our office at 732-819-9100 to schedule a consultation today.