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What to Expect at a Divorce Deposition

What to Expect at a Divorce Deposition

Most people getting divorced have never done it before. They don’t know what to expect. And some of the words and phrases thrown around during a divorce can sound quite scary. For instance, the divorce deposition sounds horrible. They are less common than most people think for two reasons. One, they can be expensive and two, they are usually unnecessary unless you have a particularly complicated case with a lot of contested issues. In almost every case, there are more cost-effective methods of getting answers to questions. In some cases, the divorce deposition does become necessary.

The divorce deposition can be very useful as long as the Arizona divorce attorney taking it is experienced and prepared. If not, it will quickly become a huge waste of both time and money due to irrelevant questions, misguided focus on issues that are of little importance or inexperienced handling of questions that results in little to no useful information.

If your divorce does call for a divorce deposition, you should know the basics so that you can avoid the stress of going in blind.

It’s a good idea to be present if your attorney is taking the deposition of the other party. You can assist in both the preparations as well as being able to assist in pinpointing when your spouse is lying during the deposition. If you are the one whose deposition is being taken, sit back, try to relax and get ready to answer a lot of questions. Depositions are most often taken in a conference room or in the attorney’s office conducting the deposition. A court reporter is present who gives the deponent the oath and then takes down everything and on the record. There will be breaks during the deposition.

Divorce Deposition Rules:

  1. Tell the truth.
  2. If you don’t understand a question that is asked, say so. If you answer, it is assumed you understood the question.
  3. Know the difference between and estimate and a guess. Never guess.
  4. There will be an opportunity to review the deposition once it is complete. Changes can be made, but significant changes can affect credibility for obvious reasons.
  5. Wait until a question is asked – avoid talking over the interviewer.
If you will be involved in a divorce deposition and you aren’t sure what to expect, contact Arizona Family Law Attorneys. We can help you be prepared for what’s to come.

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