Sometimes, it is possible for a divorcing couple to sort through and hammer out all the pertinent details of the impending split. However, given the wide range and scope of such details, i.e., asset and property division, alimony and child support tax issues, etc., often times the issues can be so complicated and/or potentially volatile that this is just not realistically feasible. It is in the case of the latter the completion of the divorce process cannot be reached without the aid of outside professionals such as lawyers, mediators and arbitrators, financial and tax advisors, and therapists to name a few.
When choosing such professionals, there are many factors which need to be kept in mind and thoroughly analyzed before making any decisions that could directly influence the end results of any divorce proceedings. For example, does the professional you intend to hire have the necessary training and experience to handle your case? Can this professional be trusted to promote and protect your best interests or are they simply concerned with turning a profit for their own business? Are the fees and/or costs involved reasonable and, no less importantly, affordable? Is each professional's area of expertise being correctly and fully utilized? Have you, the potential consumer, thoroughly and objectively evaluated all the necessary factors in choosing the right professional? While referrals are often a valuable tool in the decision making process, it is always important to be sure to ask both the prospective professional and yourself any and all questions relating to these matters.