If your attorney says you have a divorce deposition scheduled soon, we won’t blame you for having a confused and possibly worried look. After all, most people getting divorced for the first time don’t hear legal terms like this often, and even the word “deposition” or “being deposed” can sound a little ominous.
The good news is that “divorce deposition” is just a fancy term for a formal interview or sworn statement taken outside of court and early in the divorce process. They are common and very useful tools in various legal cases, including family law.
What does a typical divorce deposition look like?
Every court case is different, so speaking with a family law attorney about your unique situation is wise. That said, the typical divorce deposition occurs early in your case during the discovery phase when attorneys gather as many facts and pertinent information as possible. At the end of the day, the attorneys involved in your case need to understand your case and have all facts at their disposal to prepare for trial, build your case, reduce trial time, and even facilitate a settlement, and one of the best tools to gather this information is a deposition.
The divorce deposition process usually occurs in an attorney’s office and under oath. The entire conversation — questions and answers — is recorded and transcribed to create a permanent written record that can be used later as evidence in court. It’s important to note that the things you say in a divorce deposition carries the same weight as testifying in open court.
Examples of what is needed from a divorce deposition might include information related to the following:
- Assets and debts
- Individual income
- Custody and childcare goals
- Accusations against the other party
- Specific incidents and dates
- Personal health statements
- Each party’s goals for the case
Does every legal case require depositions?
No. But they are often recommended, especially in custody cases and contentious divorce cases. In some cases, the attorneys might go beyond the immediate parties in the case and depose family members, neighbors, childcare providers, co-workers, or anyone else who can shed light on critical details or missing information.
It is essential to tell the truth in a divorce deposition. Since everything is recorded and transcribed, your statements become key testimony that opposing counsel can use to cross-examine witnesses, point out inconsistencies, and undermine your credibility.
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