Taking Depositions in Your Divorce Case

During your divorce it is very possible that you will be deposed by the other side. As will be seen, there are a number of reasons for taking a deposition. Your Union County divorce attorney may also depose the other party as well.

What Happens in a Deposition?

If your spouse’s attorney chooses to depose you, the meeting will probably take place in a conference room at his office. Your Union County divorce lawyer will be present, as will a court reporter, who will record the proceedings. During the deposition you will be asked a number of questions. Your lawyer can object to any that are improper, but the following are typical questions that may be asked:

  • What is your name, age, date of birth, and address?
  • Where do you work and how much do you make?
  • What other compensation and benefits do you receive?
  • Describe any real and personal property you own.
  • What bank and retirement accounts do you hold? Investments?
  • Is there a family business from which you derive compensation?
  • What is your budget and lifestyle?
  • Describe your employment history.
  • What is your education?
  • What is your current living situation?
  • How is your relationship with your children? Do they have special needs or health concerns?
  • Have you been involved in any adverse behavior?
  • How did your marriage break down?

What Purpose Does a Deposition Serve?

There are a number of reasons why the other attorneys may depose you. For one, they may want to probe how accurate and truthful your testimony is. Also, when you give an answer, your testimony becomes locked in place. In other words, if later on you change your answer, this can be brought up to the judge and used to call into question your truthfulness.

Finally, a deposition tests how well you hold up under pressure, and whether you will likely make a good witness.

For Help with Your Divorce

If you are divorcing it is very important that you work with an experienced and knowledgeable Union County divorce attorney. Call Khan Law Offices today.

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