What Will I Be Asked During a Divorce Deposition?
If you are going through a divorce in Florida and you find out that you must attend a deposition, you may be concerned about what will happen during a divorce deposition.
Today, we will discuss everything you need to know about attending a deposition during a Florida divorce and help you understand the kind of questions you may be asked at the deposition.
At Greater Orlando Family Law, our knowledgeable divorce attorneys have the necessary expertise, resources, and experience to help you prepare for your deposition. Our Orlando divorce attorneys will help you prepare to answer the questions at a divorce deposition in a way that is favorable to your case.
Why Should I Attend a Divorce Deposition?
Depositions are designed to give each spouse the opportunity to get the answers from the opposing party. The questions must be answered under oath, which is why it is critical to choose your words carefully at a deposition.
Many questions asked during a divorce deposition are tricky and intended to discredit you or otherwise give the opposing party an upper hand at trial. Lying at a divorce deposition could get you in trouble because your spouse and their attorney may use your words against you to secure a favorable outcome.
If you are days or weeks away from your scheduled deposition, you need to speak with a skilled attorney to prepare for the deposition to protect your interests and rights. The other party may intentionally ask tricky questions to try to elicit contradictions in your deposition testimony.
What Questions Will I Be Asked at a Divorce Deposition?
Before giving your deposition testimony, you will take an oath to answer the questions truthfully. When asked questions, it is essential to choose your words carefully instead of providing a quick answer. Keep in mind that you are testifying under oath, and your words could be used against you.
If you do not know how to answer a particular question, the worst thing you can do is start guessing. Instead, use the response “I do not know” if you honestly do not know how to answer a question at a divorce deposition.
The specific questions that will be asked during a deposition may include questions about the following:
- Your name and address
- Your education and job history
- Your health and earning capacity
- Your assets and financial situation
- Child care and custody
- Specific incidents and dates during your marriage
- Your dangerous habits or hobbies
The opposing party may try to pressure you into answering a question during a deposition, but it is important to stay calm and avoid guessing. Other things to avoid at a divorce deposition include:
- Volunteering information (instead: answer only the question that is asked).
- Providing quick answers (instead: pause and take your time before answering).
- Answering a question when you are not sure (instead: say “I do not know” or “I do not remember”).
A skilled divorce lawyer will prepare you for your divorce deposition to make sure that you answer the questions correctly and avoid discrediting yourself. Discuss your particular case with our Orlando divorce attorneys at Greater Orlando Family Law by calling 407-377-6399.