Q & A: What questions will I be asked in my divorce deposition?

An opposing attorney could ask any number of questions in your divorce deposition. Some are relevant to the facts of your case, and some are not. If you choose to answer the questions, all of your answers can be used in court. Here are a few topics that may arise during your deposition:

  • Children: if your case includes a custody dispute, be prepared for questions about your children’s friends, interests, doctors, schools, needs, and health.
  • Personal details: you may be asked about any personal relationships, clubs, or memberships you belong to and the roles they play in your child’s life.
  • Marriage finances: your spouse’s attorney may attempt to discover if his or her client is entitled to your earnings. These questions may include whose money was used for different expenses during the marriage, how much your expected income will be in the future, whether your supported your spouse in the past, what you were making at the start of the marriage, and if you ever told your spouse that you did not want him or her to work.
  • Employment: you will likely be asked what hours you work.
  • Health records: you may be asked about your mental and physical health. This includes any insurance you may hold (life, disability, home/rental, etc.) and who is named as your beneficiary.
  • Property: if you are splitting the furnishings of your home, you may be asked to read through your asset list and explain how you arrived at the estimated values.

The opposing attorney is looking for answers. The way you respond to a question can give the attorney more than just the facts.

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