How To Prepare For A Deposition In A Florida Divorce
If you learned that your spouse’s divorce lawyer wants to take your deposition, you might be confused about what happens next and how you can prepare for the disposition.
It is critical to seek the legal counsel of a knowledgeable divorce attorney to help you prepare for a deposition in your divorce proceedings. The attorneys at Donna Hung Law Group will help you take the necessary steps to prepare for your deposition.
While your lawyer cannot predict every question that you may be asked by your spouse’s attorney during a deposition, your lawyer will help you understand what to expect during the process and what your spouse’s lawyer will be looking for in your answers.
Schedule a case review with our Orlando divorce lawyers at Donna Hung Law Group to talk about your particular case and find out what you can expect during a deposition.
What is Deposition?
In a nutshell, a deposition is a session where a spouse’s attorney has the opportunity to ask the other spouse questions before the divorce trial. All answers are provided under oath. The purpose of a deposition is to give each party the opportunity to have the spouses answer questions ahead of the trial.
Depending on the complexity of the divorce case and the parties’ willingness to cooperate and answer the opposing party’s questions, a deposition could take as little as 15 minutes, or it could require multiple sessions over the course of several days or weeks.
How to Prepare for a Deposition in Florida?
We have prepared a list of what you should and should not do during a deposition as well as how to prepare for the session:
- Make sure that you wear the appropriate attire that shows that you take the deposition seriously
- Tell the truth and avoid making false statements (remember: you are giving answers under oath)
- Meet with your divorce attorney before the deposition to discuss what questions you may expect during the session
- Review all of your notes ahead of the session
- Stay calm throughout the deposition and treat everyone in the room with respect
- Keep your answers short and concise
- Wait until you hear the full question before giving your answer
- Take your time to understand the question before answering
- If you do not understand the question, ask for the attorney’s clarification
- Avoid volunteering information or opinions that are not asked for
- If you do not know how to answer a question, do not be afraid to say “I do not know”
- You have a right to speak with your lawyer in private during the deposition if you are not sure how to answer a question
- Do not joke or try to come up with witty answers
These are the general tips on how to prepare for a deposition. Since each divorce case is unique, it is highly recommended to consult with a skilled lawyer to discuss your particular case. An attorney will help you prepare for the deposition and determine what questions you may be asked by your spouse’s attorney during the session.
Call 407-999-0099 to schedule a confidential case review with our lawyers at Donna Hung Law Group.