Depositions can help clarify matters
Parties can often have questions as it relates to their goals for the case. One party might not understand for example why the other wants a particular result. One might not understand for example they they feel a particular custody schedule is being sought. One might have lots of questions as it relates to the assets. In other words, in many marriages, one party might primarily control the assets and the investments.
This is where a deposition can often be helpful in a divorce or family law matter. In many cases, the parties might be able to informally exchange this information in an attempt at settling the matter. In cases where both parties are trustworthy and being transparent, this can be helpful and help save in attorneys’ fees.
But in other cases, one party might not be completely transparent. In some cases, one party might not trust that the other party will disclosure the true nature of their goals, ambitions, income and/or assets without them being under oath. This is where a deposition can be helpful in many cases.
In some cases, after depositions, the parties are able to settle their matter amicably because now they have their questions answered and understand the position of the other party. In other cases, the case might not settle and the case will have to be resolved at a trial or evidentiary hearing because no middle road can be forged.
Regardless, a deposition can be helpful in many family law cases whether the case settles or goes to trial. It can help push the case forward. It can help the parties better understand the position of the other. Ultimately, that can often be a positive development in many cases.