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When you file for a Michigan divorce, the opposing party will respond asking you to produce financial and legal documents that go back years. They will also submit interrogatories which are, basically, a bunch of questions that you’ll feel your spouse should already know the answers to. You won’t want to respond to these requests for information. It will feel like busy work and just one more thing your ex is doing to annoy you. But divorce discovery is unavoidable and, frustrating as it is, you must play along.

1. Discovery levels the playing field.

Discovery is the pre-trial phase of a divorce lawsuit and it is intended for each party to gather evidence from the opposing party. The goal is to make sure both parties have access to the same information to negotiate a fair agreement or, if negotiations don’t go well, to present before a judge. Discovery, essentially, levels the playing field and creates a fair environment for decision-making.

2. Even amicable divorces need discovery.

It doesn’t matter how well you and your ex get along, even the most peaceful divorces need discovery. At some point, communication can break down, but you still need a clear picture of the financial aspects of your marriage to make the best decisions for yourself and your children.

3. Expect to be asked personal questions.

No part of the divorce process is designed to embarrass you or make you uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean you won’t feel this way during discovery especially. The personal questions you must answer will be thorough and cover everything from employment history to parenting matters.

4. Discovery will be tedious.

The details you must provide during discovery will annoy you and suck up your time. Details are everything in a Michigan divorce though and the more information you provide the greater clarity your divorce lawyer and a judge will have about the issues that are specific to your divorce.

5. There are different types of discovery.

You may find yourself on the receiving end of several types of discovery, including:

  • Interrogatories: written questions
  • Requests for documents: asking you to provide certain docs
  • Requests for admissions: asking you to admit or deny certain facts
  • Depositions: questions asked and answered in the presence of a court reporter
  • Subpoena of documents: a command to produce certain documents

6. Brace yourself for surprises.

The gathering of financial and personal information is bound to produce some unexpected details, especially in a relationship that has long been breaking down. You may be in the dark about some of your spouse’s assets and debts. For example, you may discover that you’re jointly named on a credit card with a high balance and therefore liable for a portion of that debt, even though you didn’t agree to being on the card when it was opened. Hidden assets and details come to light during discovery.

Simplify Divorce Discovery: Hire a Divorce Lawyer in Michigan

Your Michigan divorce lawyer will guide you in the discovery process and help you understand your continuing obligation to disclose information and when you can keep a detail to yourself. If you have questions about discovery during divorce and are planning to file for your own Michigan divorce, hire a Macomb, Michigan, divorce lawyer at Femminineo Attorneys. Contact us to schedule your free initial consultation.

What makes us the right divorce attorneys for you?

Family Law Expertise

Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.

Strong Relationships

We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.

Experience

Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.

We Care

Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Femminineo Attorneys cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.

Commitment

Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.

Flexibility

Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.

Effectiveness

We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.

Tenacity

When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.

Expert Staff

Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service.

Personal Service

At Femminineo Attorneys, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.

We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.

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