– from Jimmy H. in Germantown, WI

Question Details:

I am thinking about getting a divorce and wondering about the repercussions that might have. I know my marital assets will divided. However, if I used an expert witness to prove why certain assets cannot be split, will the court automatically believe the expert?

Family Law Attorney Response:

Thank you for your question. When an expert witness is brought into the court, the court reviews his/her credentials and trusts those credentials rather than question an expert witness.

It was discussed in Liddle v. Liddle 140 Wis.2d 132, 410 N.W.2d 196 (Ct. App. 1987) that the duty of testing an expert’s opinion is upon counsel, not the court. Where the premises leading to the expert’s conclusion are attacked as inadequate, it is the duty of opposing counsel to draw out the data that led to the expert’s opinion.

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Dan Exner, J.D.Dan Exner J.D.
Family Law Attorney