What Questions Are Asked During A Divorce Deposition?
The divorce process in Florida has many elements and sometimes, a divorce deposition is one of them. A divorce deposition is sworn testimony that is recorded by a court reporter and that occurs within the office of the requesting attorney or the court reporter’s office.
Divorce depositions are often intimidating, usually because a person knows they are giving testimony under oath, and because they do not know what to expect. One of the most common questions attorneys are asked by their clients is what questions their spouse’s attorney will ask. While the answer to that depends on the facts of the case, there are some subjects that come up repeatedly.
Your finances are a very big part of the divorce process because marital assets and debts are divided fairly, although not necessarily equally. If you or your spouse believe the other party is hiding assets, you can expect the attorney for your spouse to ask about your finances. They may ask about your income, debts, assets, property you own, and anything else that could shed a light on your financial situation. Your spouse’s attorney may also ask you to bring certain financial payments that can help them make decisions about alimony or child support.
Child Custody Questions
If your divorce will involve children, your spouse’s attorney will also ask you questions pertaining to child custody. They may ask you who cares for the children when you are unavailable, where they go to school, what their home life is like, and if your child has any special needs. Your answers to these questions will help the court make an informed decision when they are making a final ruling on the parenting plan.
Questions About Your Health
If you have any mental or physical health issues, these will likely be raised during the deposition. You may have to answer questions about what issue you are suffering from, what treatments you are receiving, and if the health problem or treatment will prevent you from caring for your children, or impede your ability to make sound financial decisions.
Your Personal Life
You may think that how you spend your weekends is of no concern to the court during your divorce case, but that is not true. The other side may try to show that you engage in reckless or dangerous behavior, such as if you are suffering from a substance abuse problem. Or, if you are friends with people your spouse thinks should not spend time with your children, you may also be asked about them.
Our Divorce Lawyers in Florida Can Prepare You for a Deposition
It is important to fully prepare for a divorce deposition and at All Family Law Group, P.A., our experienced Tampa divorce lawyers can help. We will make sure we fully understand all the facts of your case, and that you understand the questions you are most likely to face during the deposition to make it less overwhelming and intimidating for you. Call us today at 813-672-1900 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Se habla español.