What is Divorce Discovery?
May 10, 2016
Going through a divorce is always a challenging process. The belongings, assets, and even debts of a married couple must be divided up in a way that is as fair as possible for both parties. Also the custody of any children must be arranged. As this is a complex situation with high emotion, courts have developed a process for dissolving a marriage as painlessly as possible. Divorce discovery is the first major step in this process.
The Purpose of Divorce Discovery
The discovery process is basically an exchange of documents and information that will be needed to completely dissolve a marriage. Commonly exchanged information includes:
Financial documents such as tax returns, bank statements, and wage stubs
Deeds or appraisals for community property.
Statements made under oath, also known as depositions, regarding events during the marriage
This and any other relevant information revealed during the discovery process is designed to help the courts come up with a solution that is as fair as possible to everyone involved. Although the ones above are the most commonly revealed in the discovery process, almost any information can be requested if it is important to the divorce proceedings. A lawyer can help you find the documentation that you need to give the courts a clear picture of your situation as well as decide what to request from your soon-to-be former spouse.
Discovery is not limited to information about your finances. You may be asked for an admission, in which you can either admit or deny an accusation. You may be asked to describe how much time you spend caring for your children or how you have spent funds in the past. This process can be extremely painful. You may have to admit to mistakes or hear new and shocking information about your spouse.
There are several common financial mistakes that can be made, resulting in bad-ending divorce discoveries. The most common is dishonesty. It is important to be as honest as possible with your lawyer so they can help you to develop a winning strategy. In addition, it is important to be honest with the other side in the discovery process. Lies and misleading statements are usually found out, and the courts do not look kindly on them. Lastly, it is important not to guess. Everything you say or submit should be precise, provable, and completely true.
Divorces can be emotionally and financially draining, so it is important to have the best legal help available. You deserve someone who is knowledgeable, professional, and completely on your side. Without this help, you are likely to lose your case. If you live in or near Dallas and are considering a divorce, contact Thornton Law today. We can help you get through this difficult time as painlessly as possible and get a fresh start for a new and successful life.
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