What should I know about discovery in divorce?

When a couple makes the difficult decision to get divorced, they will have to realize that this is only the first of many difficult decisions that lie ahead. They will be required to go through the equitable distribution process where they divide all of the assets that they have acquired throughout the length of the marriage. This can include all of the physical belongings, as well as bank accounts, debts, pensions, and more.

In order for each party to feel comfortable with whatever is decided, they need an opportunity to know the answers to certain questions, and discovery provides that. Discovery includes the issuing of interrogatories, which are questions, demand for documents, and financial documents. At times that is sufficient to convince somebody to understand and make a decision about what they really want, and that things are not being hidden from them. At each stage of the divorce process, we here at the Radol Law Firm believe that our clients should be actively involved in the process. They shouldn’t be left out questioning what is going on.

Discovery also consists of the taking of depositions and the use of experts. In certain cases, where an individual has their own business or is self-employed, it requires the retention of an accountant who can go in and look at the other side’s financial affairs. This is an important tool so that the client understands fully what they are asking for, what is available to them, and why certain things occur. If you are contemplating divorce but don’t know where to start, consult with an experienced divorce attorney who can help you weigh your options.

The Radol Law Firm is proud to serve the people of New Jersey in their divorce and family law, elder law, estate planning, and bankruptcy matters. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.