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How to Prepare for Your Divorce Deposition in Pennsylvania

Published: Jun 26, 2018 in Divorce
A Woman Preparing With Her Lawyer for a Divorce Deposition

Written by Anthony Piccirilli

Occasionally, couples going through a divorce are asked to testify at a divorce deposition. If you are about to undergo a divorce deposition, it’s a good idea to become familiar with the process, so you know what to expect. Below are some tips to follow when preparing for your deposition.

For questions regarding all matters relating to your divorce in Pennsylvania, talk to a Pittsburgh divorce lawyer at Pittsburgh Divorce & Family Law, LLC. Our team can answer your inquiries and provide guidance on your case. To schedule a free consultation, contact us at (412) 471-5100.

Be Prepared

You may not know much about divorce depositions, but a skilled divorce lawyer thoroughly understands the ins and outs of the process. Be sure to meet with your lawyer and go over potential topics, including possible questions you could be asked.

You may also want to focus on topics that the other attorney may concentrate on, such as:

  • Finances. If your ex’s lawyer has requested financial information, it’s safe to assume you will be asked about your paycheck, bank accounts, and any other investments you may hold. Prepare to have a good grasp of the information contained in these documents so you can respond to questions asked.
  • Your children. If you have a vague idea about your child’s medical history or education, you may come across as a less attentive, uncaring parent. Look over your children’s medical records, report cards, and any other information so you can provide definitive answers.

That being said, you could still be asked a question that takes you by surprise. If this happens, you should respond truthfully with either “I don’t know,” or “I don’t remember.”

Be Respectful

Depositions can be emotional. You may feel as if you’re repeatedly asked a question that you’ve already answered, or you’re on trial when you’ve done nothing wrong.

It’s natural to want to lose your cool and snap at someone, but you should refrain from doing so. Getting angry may make you look defensive, or like you’re trying to hide the truth. It is important also to note that your statements will be recorded, so the judge will re-listen to everything you say when they review the transcript. If you’re prone to negative reactions in stressful situations, try practicing with your Pittsburgh divorce attorney so you can get used to the method of questioning.

Don’t Elaborate

When you are asked a question, you need only provide the answer and nothing else. It can be difficult to refrain from elaborating on your responses. In fact, your ex’s attorney may try to get you to do so by remaining silent after you answered in the hope that you will feel compelled to fill that silence. But, you should refrain from giving information that was not requested.

Treat the Deposition Like a Formal Court Hearing

Depositions are often held in informal places, such as a lawyer’s office or a conference room. Because it is not taking place in a courtroom, a deposition may feel like a casual meeting. However, it is not. Your responses are all recorded and may be reviewed by the court at a later date. Because of this, you must remember to act as you would in any formal court proceeding. Make sure to answer questions honestly, control your emotions, and refrain from giving long-winded responses.

Questions About Your Divorce Deposition? Call Pittsburgh Divorce & Family Law, LLC

If you desire help with your divorce in Pennsylvania, contact a divorce lawyer at Pittsburgh Divorce & Family Law, LLC. We can help prepare you for your deposition, and assist you in all other matters related to your divorce proceedings. Contact us to set up a free consultation at (412) 471-5100.