The Discovery Process
How do you learn about your spouse’s financial condition and other pertinent facts?
In order to “discover” your spouses party’s financial condition and other pertinent facts, the lawyer will utilize the “discovery process” permitted under the Georgia Civil Practice Act. Contrary to what may be portrayed on television, a trained domestic attorney does not normally ask a question in court to which he does not already know the answer. The gathering of such pertinent information is accomplished through this process called “discovery.” This can involve such things as written interrogatories, or questions, to your spouse (which must be answered by your spouse under oath), the production of documents from your spouse, the production of documents from third parties (e.g., banks, spouse’s employer, doctors, schools, etc.), the taking of depositions or any potential witness, as well as other available methods of fact investigation.
If custody or visitation is at issue, your attorney may deem it appropriate or beneficial to request that the Court appoint a guardian ad litem to perform an independent investigation and represent the interests of any minor children. If severe stress or emotional problems are part of the divorce, your attorney may request that either or both of the parties, along with the minor children, if appropriate, undergo a court-ordered psychological evaluation. Each case is unique and must be handled in an appropriate matter depending upon the individual needs of the client.
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