A Brief Review of the Discovery Process

October 28th, 2016

It’s key to have an experienced and knowledgeable divorce attorney in Hillsboro OR to guide you through the discovery process.

LawyersDiscovery is when one party discloses information to another party. It’s a prominent feature in civil lawsuits. Divorce and family law matters are types of civil lawsuits.

The full disclosure of assets and liabilities is crucial to both parties to reach a settlement or for the courts to divide property if an agreement can’t be achieved.

The two most common types of discovery are requests for production of documents and oral depositions.

Request for Production
The request for production of documents can take two forms: statutory request and a Rule 43 request. Between these two laws, one can request the production of just about any type of financial document.

Request for production is used in just about every divorce as well as child custody and child support cases. Failing to comply with a request for production may result in financial penalties.

Oral Deposition
An oral deposition is when a lawyer from one party questions a witness under oath. Despite being under oath, oral depositions are not done in a court of law. They are usually conducted in a law office.

Oral depositions often occur when documents fail to provide the necessary information or when a spouse believes the other is withholding information.

Ronald Johnston, a venerated divorce attorney in Hillsboro OR, can guide you through the discovery process. To contact him, click here.

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