Do we have children whose custody is at issue?
- If so, how are they handling the separation of their parents?
- Do any of the children have special emotional, mental, physical or educational needs? Are those needs being met?
- Should any mental health professionals be involved in the case to aid the parents, the children, or the family as a whole?
Do we have unique tax concerns?
Ms. Reese was an accountant before becoming a lawyer, and though it often comes in handy, the use of a good expert is often needed to address complex financial issues, or to get those many years of back taxes done.
- Do we know what will be the real, after tax benefit of the assets or support that you or your spouse will receive?
Do we have property at issue?
- Business interests? Are the interests of the spouses the same? Who will operate the business during the separation and after divorce? How, if at all, will the parties be compensated for their interests?
- Real property? Is it jointly titled? What is it worth? Who has contributed to the value and how? Who wants it, and who can afford to keep it?
- Personal property? Who's property is it, and why? What value, if any, does the property have on the open market, and what value does it have to each party? (Have you ever heard "one man's trash is another man's treasure"? Well, here you have it.)
- Retirement accounts? Isn't it mine because it is in my name? How much do I get and when? What are the tax implications and who pays them?