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What is an Expert Witness and Will I Need One?

In Child Custody, Child Support, Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

Property division, child custody, alimony, and child support proceedings all have the potential to go to trial. In fact, courts dockets are overloaded with cases set for trial. If your case is set for trial, and mediation has been unsuccessful, it is critical that you communicate regularly with your attorney to understand what is in store for you. What are Expert Witnesses? One of the phrases that you will likely hear is that your case will need “expert witnesses.” Expert witnesses are professional witnesses who are experts in the subject matter they are testifying about. Experts are often paid and offered by one party, and sometimes, parties will offer conflicting experts. Nevertheless, experts are expected to be independent and offer their expert opinion. They are not supposed to actively advocate …