Successful divorce starts with choosing the right team. Every divorce is different, because every family is different. The professionals on your team should always reflect the individual needs of your case.

However, these five helpful experts can benefit many divorce scenarios:

1) Divorce Attorney

The decisions made in the beginning stages of a divorce are critical. Schedule a consultation with a divorce lawyer as soon as possible.

Shop around, and research local law firms that focus exclusively on divorce and family law. Avoid general law practices. Your divorce settlement will determine the course of the rest of your life. Don’t settle for a lawyer who just casually handles divorce cases.

2) Certified Financial Planner®

Divorce can be expensive, and it requires both parties to restructure their financial lives.

A Certified Financial Planner® can help you achieve long-term financial security with many different services, including: cash flow and budgeting, tax planning, estate planning, insurance, investment planning, retirement planning, and more.

Life goes on after divorce, and it’s important to have a long-term financial plan that will provide a sustainable lifestyle for yourself and your children.

3) Mental Health Professional

Divorce is an emotional trauma. A therapist can help you manage emotions, make difficult personal decisions, and build a new life that will preserve your mental health. A counselor can also help you develop communication and coping techniques that empower you to be a successful co-parent.

There are many different types of therapists, counselors, and mental health professionals. It’s important to do your research and find the divorce and marriage specialist that best meets your needs.

4) Forensic Accountant

There are many moving parts to the financial side of a divorce. Forensic accountants can be an invaluable resource for dividing assets and calculating alimony/child support payments in complicated divorce cases. They help both parties figure out how to divide shared businesses, insurance policies, retirement accounts, properties, and other assets in a way that is fair and equitable.

If you suspect your spouse is lying about hidden assets, income, employability, or business valuations, a forensic accountant can also help expose the truth. They review tax returns, credit card statements, investments, and other important financial documents to look for inconsistencies or suspicious activity.

It’s hard to achieve an equitable financial settlement in divorce without knowing exactly what you have. A forensic accountant helps you figure out what is where.

5) Child Specialist

Divorce affects the entire family. Child specialists help children process complicated feelings during a divorce, and give children a much-needed voice in the process. They can also provide both parties with valuable insight when making parenting plans and custody arrangements.

Every child processes divorce differently. Child specialists can help parents figure out the best immediate and long-term parenting strategies to ensure that your children move forward from the divorce process in the healthiest way possible.

Your divorce settlement will only be as strong as your support system. Contact Arons & Solomon to create a divorce team that will get you the settlement you deserve.