Testimony Outside of the Courtroom
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 in 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.
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