Sworn Testimony in Your Divorce Case

Your deposition may be scheduled about this time, now that answers to written questions and copies of documents are available. You will appear for a deposition with your attorney in an informal setting, such as your attorney’s conference room. A court reporter will be there to record your answers and the other attorney’s questions.

A deposition is a very expensive way to get information. It is not usually taken until after a review of the documents and answers to interrogatories. Your spouse’s attorney can focus on areas where it’s necessary to pin you down, or develop and follow up leads in your answers, without having to wait another month for your next answer. Your attorney is there on your behalf, and to object should it become necessary. You and your attorney are, of course, developing questions during your preparation to put to your spouse in the deposition conducted by your attorney.

Meet with your attorney to prepare for your deposition a few days beforehand. Review all the documents in your file. If your deposition is set prior to appearing in court or testifying for any reason, study the recommendations given at the end of Chapter Eight before testifying under oath.

It’s also time to start making decisions, based on your attorney’s recommendations. For example, what experts, such as appraisers and tax accountants, do you need? Let’s take a look at the preliminary decisions you’ll likely have to make. The complete discussion of each of these issues is in Chapter Thirteen.