Some divorces require each spouse to proceed through a deposition. A deposition involves testimony that is provided to an opposing attorney out of court. During this testimony, you can expect to be sworn in and will be expected to tell the truth. Because information collected during testimonies will be used as evidence in court, it is important to understand what to expect from this process as well as to take the steps necessary to prepare for it. The following are some important pieces of advice to follow when providing testimony during a divorce deposition.
Only Provide the Necessary Information
Depositions are frequently conducted in a manner similar to interviews. While it is important to honestly answer each question asked, you should avoid providing more information than is necessary. During a deposition, you should remain focused and not let yourself become too comfortable or divulge too much.
Do Not Help the Other Lawyer Obtain the Right Information
In some situations, you might think that you understand what your former spouse’s lawyer is trying to ask you. In these situations, it is critical to remember that you do not gain any advantage by helping that lawyer ask the correct question. Only answer the question that you are asked, even if it is not a question that will provide the other side with any pertinent information.
Prepare for Depositions in Advance
Depositions can be challenging, so it is best to prepare for them deposition as early as possible. Make certain that you have all the necessary information in front of you and are prepared to answer any question that you can reasonably expect to be asked. While your lawyer will be able to help you prepare for the deposition, an attorney will be unable to provide you with answers during the deposition.
Do Not Give Answers if You are Uncertain
If you are uncertain about the answer to a question that you are asked or simply do not know an answer, it is okay to say so. You should avoid attempting to come up with answers about which you are not certain. Providing incorrect information can greatly weaken your reliability and subsequently harm your case.
Let Your Attorney Help You
Remember, an attorney who is conducting a deposition might attempt to trick you, which means that it is important to be careful about the answers you provide. Prepare your answers with your lawyer ahead of time, as he or she can help you avoid any pitfalls.
Speak with an Experienced Family Law Attorney
The deposition process is just one of the complicated parts of getting a divorce. To successfully navigate matters, it is often a wise idea to obtain of an experienced attorney who can help you resolve your divorce in the best possible way. Contact Vayman & Teitelbaum P.C. today to schedule a free case evaluation.