Most divorce cases in Florida settle outside of the courtroom, with the spouses involved in negotiating an agreement. Still, sometimes spouses do have to go to trial and that can mean attending a deposition. During a deposition, you and your spouse will meet with each of your lawyers and potentially other experts, such as a child development professional. Court reporters are also usually present, as they will record everything that is said.
Facing the prospect of a deposition can be intimidating, as most people have never had to attend one before. For this reason, it is important to prepare and the below tips can help.
Do Not Answer Right Away
You may think answering as soon as possible will show that you are being cooperative but in fact, it could hurt your case. Pausing for just a few seconds will allow you to really think about the question so you can answer it to the best of your ability. Consider the question that was asked and make sure you only provide an answer to it, without giving away any other information. Taking a few seconds before you answer the question will also give your lawyer a chance to object to it. Even if you have to answer the question anyway, the objection will be on the record.
Allow Silence to Happen
Sometimes, a lawyer will go silent when they are questioning you. This is usually an intimidation tactic, and it often works. Sitting in silence can be uncomfortable, but do not say something just to fill the silence. The lawyer may only be thinking of the next question they want to ask, and saying too much can hurt your case.
Do Not Be Fooled Into Giving Different Answers
Lawyers also sometimes ask the same question over and over again. Even if they word the question differently, provide the same answer every time. When an attorney does this, they are hoping you will give different answers, which will hurt your credibility.
Review Every Document Careful
Your lawyer or your spouse’s attorney may present you with many different documents during a deposition, such as a premarital agreement or financial affidavit. Even if you remember drafting these documents, review them all carefully and make sure you know what the document entails.
Saying ‘I Do Not Know’ is Okay
Of course you hope that you will be able to answer every question that is asked of you. The simple fact of the matter is that you may not. If you do not know the answer to a question, say so. Do not try to guess. If the answer is wrong, it will hurt you much more than simply stating you do not know.
Work with a Family Lawyer in Orlando
A lawyer is your biggest help when going through a deposition, and during the whole divorce process. At O’Mara Law Group, our skilled Orlando family lawyers will fully prepare you for your deposition and every other aspect of the divorce. Call us today at 407-634-6604 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation.