Advice from Austin Divorce Lawyers on Handling a Deposition
When 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
Where you live
Your job and work history, along with pay and benefits
Financial matters, including savings and retirement
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.
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.