A fair outcome in a Florida divorce depends in part on both parties having access to all relevant evidence and information.
For example, both parties should have access to each other’s financial information, including income information and the value of marital assets.
Discovery refers to the process of exchanging information and evidence relevant to a case. Either party to a divorce is entitled to conduct discovery, which often focuses on financial information, but can relate to any issue in a divorce.
Methods of conducting include the following:
- Requests for production of documents, in which a party requests copies of relevant documents, such as financial statements and tax returns.
- Interrogatories, in which a party submits written questions, which the other party must answer under oath in writing.
- Depositions, in which a party or witness answers questions under oath before a court reporter.
- Requests for admissions, in which a party is asked to admit facts in an effort to narrow issues in a divorce.
There may be other discovery procedures available, depending on the issues relevant to your divorce, but the above methods—especially requests for production of documents—are the most common in Florida divorces.
Consult an attorney
If you are facing a divorce, it is important to consult an experienced attorney. An attorney can assist in identifying the most effective methods of conducting discovery, as well as help in responding to the other parties’ discovery requests.