Depositions in Family Law

Depositions in Family Law

The majority of parties would hope that their family law or divorce case doesn’t make its way to a trial for many reasons. Trials can be expensive, both emotionally and physically in terms of finances. Plus, a lot of time, the thought of a whole family putting their life together in the hands of one judge is terrifying. So why let it get to that point if it isn’t truly necessary?

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For many reasons, some parties just can’t seem to settle their case on their own. Different viewpoints are being seen from the parties’ perspectives and it is causing even more complications in the case. So, in these cases, a party generally has no choice but to prepare their case as if it is going to trial. Otherwise, the case can end up being set for a final trial date – and a party will want to put their best case forward at trial. One of the most important things you can do while going through a divorce is to know what to expect at trial.

A deposition can play a big part in many cases and can have an immense impact on the case result. For instance, it can help figure out why the case hasn’t been settled yet. In a deposition, an attorney can generally ask the other party under oath their position in terms of settlement and why they do not feel like the settlement offers they have received are just and reasonable.

A deposition can also help the parties and their attorneys understand each other’s perspective a little bit better. It’s vital that you understand the importance of depositions and why they can help determine your case result. Even if the deposition doesn’t exactly flush out all of the disputes and problems between the parties, it can help determine some of them and this can result in a trial being conducted more effectively and efficiently.

Obviously, most parties would prefer to settle their case so that a deposition is not necessary. But where that is not possible, a deposition of the opposing party, and key witnesses, is imperative in many cases in terms of trial preparation.

Find Out More About Depositions in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Indiana

We have articles about family law and divorce depositions: Depositions and Cross Examinations: Best Practices and Strategies, Tips for Giving Your Family Law or Divorce Deposition.

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If you are going through a divorce or family law matter where the case is having trouble settling, Stange Law Firm, PC can help. You can call us at 1-855-805-0595 or you can contact us online.


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We also handle many other family law matters, including but not limited to:

Dissolution of Marriage
Unfortunately, there are times when a marriage is irretrievably broken and a divorce is the only option. We can help with your uncontested, contested, simple or complex divorce case.
Legal Separation
There are some instances where married parties are separated, but are unsure whether their marriage can be reconciled or may later need to be dissolved. We can help with a legal separation if this is the case.
In certain circumstances, a party may be able to seek an annulment if there are circumstances that led to a party being fraudulently induced into entering a marriage.
Family Law
Unfortunately, there are times when a marriage is irretrievably broken and a divorce is the only option. We can help with your uncontested, contested, simple or complex divorce case.
Collaborative Law/Mediation
If you are looking for an amicable resolution to your divorce or family law matter, we have attorneys who can help you with a collaborative family law case or mediation.
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
These agreements help couples make critical decisions about their relationships, just in case. While prenuptial agreements are drafted before a marriage, postnuptial agreements are drafted during the marriage, usually when circumstances change.
Paternity Law/Mediation
With approximately forty-percent of all children being born out of wedlock, we represent numerous unmarried parents in child custody and child support disputes. These cases are the twenty-first century divorce and extremely common.
Guardianships and conservatorships
We also represent clients in matters of guardianships and conservatorships, helping them protect the people they love — especially when those people can no longer care for themselves. Our work in this area often involves people facing physical and mental illnesses, alcoholism and addiction.
Surrogacy Agreements
We can help clients negotiate surrogacy agreements, drafting and executing all related documents as well as resolving any conflicts that may arise.
Step-parent adoption
We represent parents in step-parent adoptions, which usually occur when a parent marries or remarries after the birth of a biological child. Step-parent adoptions help bring families closer together by creating a solid family unit.
Name Change
If you are seeking to legally change your name, we can help.
Orders of Protection
We can help you in legal proceedings involving restraining orders.
We are honored to represent clients who wish to adopt a child into their family.
Minor emancipation
In some cases, minors do best when they are given the rights and responsibilities of adults. We assist in minor emancipation, representing both teens and their parents.
Grandparents' rights
Lawyers at our firm also handle grandparents' rights issues such as child custody, guardianship and grandparent adoption.
We represent parties in appeals of adverse family court judgments, including divorce, child custody, child support, maintenance and grandparent visitation.
Child Support
We represent clients in matters involving child support.
Child Custody
We represent parents in child custody disputes.
Juvenile Matters
We represent parties in juvenile matters involving the Division of Family Law Services.
We assist clients in modifying prior child custody and child support judgments when the facts call for it.
We help clients in contempt of court matters as well as family access motions.
Military Divorce
We are proud to represent service members in divorce and family law matters.
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