</font id=“size4”> If anyone involved in a divorce, or property settlement has to participate in a Deposition, I have the following suggestions:
Insist on at least a two hour preparation with your attorney. It may be the best money you’ve ever spend. You need to know what is required of you, be reminded to take your time, and never offer anything that isn’t required. Do your best to anticipate questions which may seem to you to be out of left field. I was practically knocked off my feet by some questions that never occurred to me, nor ever seemed to be an issue. This showed that her attorney was doing his job.
You need to see what questions your attorney will be asking of the other party. You may have suggestions for follow-up questions to certain reponses by the other party.
You need to have a break scheduled after a certain number of questions, or length of time so you can get your head screwed back on. If you don’t ask for a break, your attorney should stop for a bathroom break, or whatever. One tends to get into a mode of just answering, without giving proper thought to their answer. You will get irritated, ill and start firing back answers without thinking. You don’t want to just answer, you want to give the best answer to serve your cause.
You want some method of stopping the interrogation if your attorney fails to ask a needed follow-up question. I sat there positive the correct follow-up question would be asked, and when it wasn’t, didn’t have a clue as to what to do.
While on the surface going through a Deposition seemed to be very simple, it ended up being about as pleasant as going through a sigmoidoscopy.