Stage 3 – Discovery
Discovery is the process by which both parties exchange necessary information. For instance, if one spouse handles the financial matters of the family, then he or she will likely be required to produce bank and credit card statements, a listing of assets, business records, and any other relevant information.
In addition to exchanging documents, both parties may need to complete interrogatories (written questions) and a case information statement, which itemizes each party’s income, monthly budgets, assets, and liabilities.
In some situations, a party may be questioned under oath about certain topics pertaining to a divorce. This is known as a deposition. While a deposition may seem informal, the testimony is recorded and a transcript can be made available for later use in the court proceedings if the case does not resolve before trial.