I’m Alexis Agnew, a legal assistant for Hall & Navarro. I wanted to answer a question that is very common within contested matters, and that is:
What is Discovery?
Discovery is a process that requires each party to collect information and documentation relevant to their case, whether it be a divorce, modification, legitimation, or other similar case.
Types of Discovery in Family Law
There are several types of discovery, but the four that I will be discussing today are what we see often in our family law practice: Interrogatories, Request for Admissions, and Request for Production of Documents and/or Notice to Produce.
#1 – Interrogatories are written questions that must be responded to under oath. These questions must be answered fully and thoroughly, including all sub-parts.
#2 – Request for Admissions are like Interrogatories; however, they require you to respond with simply “Admit” or “Deny.”
#3 & #4 – Requests for Production of Documents and/or Notices to Produce require parties to respond by producing documents. These requests may ask that you produce documents such as bank statements, credit card statements, pay stubs, tax returns, and other similar, relevant documents.
The Discovery Process
With family law cases, discovery can be tedious, tough, and what may seem like a ridiculous process. However, it is valuable and important in each case. Please trust that we will keep your best interest in mind and assist you, when necessary, in formulating your responses.
If you have been served with discovery requests or if you have any more questions regarding discovery, please contact us. Our friendly and knowledgeable legal team is here to help.