When a divorce petition is filed and temporary orders are entered (if requested and appropriate), the discovery process begins. The discovery process refers to the exchange of information and evidence between the two parties so that each has access to important information necessary to prepare for mediation and/or trial. One of the chief tools in the discovery process is the interrogatory.
Interrogatories are written questions that the other party must answer truthfully and honestly. The other party is required by law to answer these questions as fully as possible, and the answers provided become binding on the answering party. For example, if the interrogatory asks the party to name all the credit cards or debts he or she has in his or her name, the answering party cannot give one answer in the interrogatory and another answer at trial (without providing evidence as to why there is a difference). In such a case, the party would be bound by his or her answer in the interrogatory. Not only this, but the answering party has an ongoing duty to update his or her interrogatory answers if new information becomes available.
You are only permitted to ask the opposing party a certain number of interrogatories, so it is important that you make your interrogatories meaningful. Typical questions that are asked in interrogatories in divorce cases include:
Arami Law Office’s team of experienced Cook County family law attorneys know how to make the best use of the tools of discovery. We can also provide you with the assistance you need to accurately answer interrogatories that are posed to you without committing yourself to an answer that will haunt you during your divorce proceeding. The sooner you contact our firm, the more effective your divorce discovery will be. Call our firm at (312) 212-1399 or contact us online.
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