Divorce Discovery Process
Discovery is the legal process for gathering information necessary for the divorce process, information usually about the person you are divorcing. This can be a very important part of the legal process, especially when it comes to assets, finances, debts, property, custody and support.
Although states and their laws will vary when it comes to discovery, there are some common steps that will likely be part of the divorce process. These include:
The most important thing for a party is to always respond to discovery that is sent to you.
Responses to discovery are generally due thirty days from the date served. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that when they fail to respond to discovery, they are opening themselves up to monetary sanctions for failing to respond, as well as the possibility of having their case dismissed for failure to provide responses. This is also a difficult area when an individual represents themselves.
It is always important to remember that a verification is always required when you are responding to discovery. This is a form that says your responses are accurate under penalty of perjury. Failing to provide a verification with discovery responses results in the response being meaningless.