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Advice from Austin Divorce Lawyers on Handling a Deposition

balance Austin Divorce LawyersWhen your marriage ends, you might ask our Austin divorce lawyers about how to handle a deposition. You and your spouse might both need to give statements; our team will take your spouse’s information while opposing counsel will handle your case.

What Happens During a Deposition

While a deposition is less formal than an actual trial, you are still required to swear that you are telling the truth with a court reporter documenting your statement. Your spouse’s lawyer will question you, while our Austin divorce lawyers object if you are improperly questioned. The opposing attorneys handle deposition cases when the divorce involves any of the following situations:

  • Possible alimony payments
  • Child custody issues
  • Self-employment or owners of a small business and
  • Property acquisition and ownership.

Reasons for a Deposition

Attorneys take a deposition for the following reasons:

  • To determine the type of witness the subject will be in court
  • To question the veracity of the spouse’s testimony
  • To check how the witness responds under pressure on the stand
  • To listen to your spouse’s story so the attorneys can effectively prepare for cross-examination in the event of a trial and
  • To hold your spouse to their first version of events.

If a witness later attempts to change their story, our Austin divorce lawyers can simply refer to the deposition to question which version of events is correct and raise doubt about the person’s honesty.

Information Addressed During Deposition

The attorneys for both parties generally cover the following information during a deposition:

  • Basic personal information
  • Information about your children and their needs, including any child custody concerns
  • Your schooling
  • Where you live
  • Your job and work history, along with pay and benefits
  • Financial matters, including savings and retirement
  • Business interests
  • Your home and other property
  • Your physical and mental health
  • Your partner’s bad behavior and
  • What led to the end of the marriage

Contact Our Austin Divorce Lawyers

Nunis & Associates can help you prepare for a deposition when your marriage ends. Call our Austin divorce lawyers at (512) 236-9696.

  • 801 West Avenue
    Suite 200
    Austin, TX 78701

    (512) 236-9696

    (512) 236-9695

  • Licensed to practice in Texas Courts, including all 4 Federal Districts of Texas. Primary practice in Central Texas: including Austin and Travis County, Georgetown and Williamson County, Bastrop and Bastrop County, San Marcos, Dripping Springs and Hays County.