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So, What’s a Deposition?


Depositions aren’t all that common in most divorce cases. But sometimes, they’re necessary for your spouse’s attorney to obtain information they wouldn’t have otherwise.

You’ve probably seen depositions on television, but in real life they can be a bit different than you expect. In this article, we’ll give you a general overview of the process to put you at ease and so you know what to expect before your divorce even begins.

Depositions at a Glance

Depositions are often performed at either your attorney’s office or your spouse’s attorney’s office. The attorney, your attorney, and a court reporter will be there to transcribe what is said for later reference.

After being placed under oath by the court reporter, your spouse’s attorney will ask you a series of questions regarding issues in your case. Typically, most depositions are taken with regard to financial matters in need of resolution. Often, questions are inspired by documents offered during discovery or information that is lacking in a particular area of your case.

Remember, the answers you give at your deposition are sworn testimony. This means you must tell the truth and the answers you provide may be brought up later if your case goes to trial.

Three Tips for a Successful Deposition

There’s no need to worry extensively about a deposition, especially if you haven’t filed for divorce yet. In the majority of cases, a deposition isn’t even an issue, let alone a possibility.

If you’re still worried and want tips for a successful deposition, here are three pointers you’ll find helpful:

  1. Listen Carefully to Questions – You may want to answer quickly in response to questions, but you shouldn’t. Listen to the full question and think about your answer before you begin to answer.
  2. Stay Calm – Depositions, and divorce in general, can be extremely stressful. If you’re ever feeling anxious, it’s important to take a deep breath and calm down. Remember, your attorney is there to offer support and guidance throughout the process.
  3. Be Honest – A deposition is given under oath, meaning you are sworn to tell the truth. It’s best to be honest up front than to have to testify at trial and reveal you lied. This will ruin your credibility in front of the judge and may affect the outcome of your case.

Contact Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. for More Information About Divorce, Depositions, or Other Matters

If you’re interested in learning more about divorce or when a deposition is likely in a divorce case, contact the team at Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd.. Larry has over 35 years of experience in divorce and family law and can help you make sense of your case.

Contact Larry and take advantage of your free 30-minute consultation by calling us at 630-470-9990 or filling in our simple online form. We look forward to speaking with you and better explaining how depositions, and the divorce process in general, works.

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About Attorney Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd.

Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. is a law firm concentrating solely on family law and has served clients in DuPage, Will, Kane, and Kendall counties for over 35 years.

We continue to work with clients in Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle, Oswego, Downers Grove, and the surrounding areas to provide one-on-one support and attention that will help you through this difficult time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to offering our expertise and support to you throughout your case and after.