We Won... but It Was Expensive

Divorces can be simple, if you’re lucky. In this case, the judge found it to be the most litigated case he has seen in over 40 years of practice as an attorney and as a judge. The opposing party went through five different attorneys at four different law firms, including a brief stint pro se (representing himself).

The issues at trial ranged from simple hearsay objections to complex financial analysis to parenting issues – everything you can imagine, and a few you can’t. Two experts testified regarding parenting issues and, in a cliff-hanger, the judge upheld forensic CPA Rob Vance’s status as an expert to testify to financial issues.

The costs associated with such a contested case are devastating, not only financially but emotionally as well. As my father said to me, “A good settlement beats a good trial.” In this case the money spent on attorney fees alone would have made for a good settlement.

More to come…

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