Understanding the Discovery Process


Divorce attorneys in Pasadena take the discovery process very seriously. The discovery process is the step in filing for divorce that involves getting information from your spouse and his or her lawyer. The discovery process helps prepare your case if a trial is needed to decide the terms of the settlement.

The documents requested during the discovery process vary according to how long the couple has been married and how many assets they've accumulated, but can include:

  • Income tax returns
  • Pay stubs
  • Credit card statements
  • Life insurance forms
  • Retirement account statements
  • Value of property
  • Value of antiques or expensive collectibles
  • Debts
  • Current expenses
  • Information regarding inheritances and other nonmarital assets
  • Mental health histories

Sometimes expert opinions are needed as part of the discovery process. For example, if you have a large collection of artwork, you may need to find someone who can provide an expert appraisal as to the value of the paintings. If you or your spouse own a business, there may be a need to hire a forensic accountant to determine the value of the business and to make sure everything has been reported accurately.

Also as part of the discovery process, if you have children together and can't agree on custody, psychologists may be called in to testify or make recommendations as to what is in the best interests of the children.

The discovery process is not optional when you're filing for divorce. In fact, depositions, subpoenas, and requests for admissions can be used to force one side to provide information if necessary. To move ahead with the divorce as quickly and painlessly as possible, it is in everyone's best interest for all parties to provide the needed information when it is requested.

How Can We Help?

Please call our office at (626) 683-8113 or email us at info@PasadenaLawOffice.com if you have questions regarding your divorce. Our divorce law firm in Pasadena can provide assistance for all aspects of the divorce process, including issues regarding discovery.