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How useful is it to use an expert witness at trial to testify

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How useful is it to use an expert witness at trial to testify regarding the amount of alimony a party needs to support her reasonable needs where the amount is high given significant medical expenses?

texlawyer :

Good evening. I'll be assisting you with your question.

Customer:

Ok Thanks

texlawyer :

Generally, parties to not have experts regarding reasonable alimony needs. However, in some high conflict divorces, they can be used.

texlawyer :

In my experience, this only happens in high cost divorces where there is a very significant amount of money on the line.

texlawyer :

So, it largely depends on your specific case, but the vast majority of divorces calculate alimony just based on the testimony of the parties and financial records.

Customer:

Do you have the same opinion regarding vocational experts? I'm a 58 year old attorney who was laid off from my job 2 years ago during budget cuts. I am currently on SSD. I was assuming that my age, lay off, time out of the work force, lack of a book of business, health issues, and prior failed efforts to get a job would suffice, but H is claiming I could go out and get another high paying job tomorrow. Well, actually - yesterday. :) Would my own testimony suffice or would it be useful to use a vocational expert here, particularly given that my SSD is not permanent.

texlawyer :

That is a different issue. In your case, I think having a vocation expert to testify about your difficulty in finding employment would be very beneficial. As you probably know, a judge will be skeptical about someone coming in saying they can't get a job. However, and expert backing that up, in your situation, should have a significant impact.

texlawyer :

Also, it sounds like the alimony is going to be really important to your well being, so if I were advising you, I'd pull out all the stops.

Customer:

Will do. Thanks for your help!

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