The Discovery Process
Once the papers are properly served and signed in a New York divorce, the discovery process begins. This involves getting accurate information from each spouse, typically through the help of several documents. When you hire a lawyer from the legal staff of Brian D. Perskin & Associates P.C. to represent you, rest assured that you will be informed of the evidence you need to gather.
Keep in mind that the more documents you can produce, the better your chances are of impressing the judge, who just wants to see each spouse comply. As long as you make an effort to help the discovery process go quickly, the judge should see you in a favorable light during your case.
What Documents Will Be Requested?
Most judges ask for the following:
- Pay stubs for current and past jobs
- Evidence of any stock options, bonuses, or retirement benefits for current and past positions
- Personal tax returns
- Business tax returns if you own a business
- Checks written in recent years
- Credit card statements
- Bank statements
- Proof of real estate bought and sold both before and during the marriage.
- Life insurance policies for the family
- Health insurance information
- Value of certain personal assets, including antiques and family heirlooms
- Value of all vehicles
- List of monthly expenses
- Mental and physical health records
- Marriage debts
You need to make every effort to get the required documents. Anything you cannot obtain needs to be explained carefully to the judge so that it is obvious that you did everything you could to comply. If you have questions or concerns about the documents you are not able to gather, let us know so we can provide the advice you need.
We Can Analyze the Details
Once you and your spouse have collected the necessary documents, we will determine if we need additional information to help your case. In our decades of experience representing clients, we have found that most spouses attempt to hide certain details, but we work tirelessly to uncover them so you have a better chance of getting the outcome you desire.
We can analyze the details your spouse has provided, and we will extrapolate general patterns that can greatly affect how your case turns out. Discovery is an important component of any New York divorce case since the results have such an effect on the case. Our expertise when it comes to getting all the details bodes very well for you.
In many cases, we see discrepancies involving the value of the home or business, as one spouse may either overestimate or underestimate the numbers in an attempt to profit. In addition, your spouse may claim to make less than he or she actually does in order to reduce spousal support or child support payments. This is where discovery is especially important, as our attention to detail may end up helping you achieve the level of financial support you deserve.
We will guide you during the process of discovery so that you are able to impress the judge as much as possible, and get the outcome you need during your New York divorce. We have successfully helped countless clients navigate through every aspect of divorce, and now it's your turn to see the benefits of our assistance firsthand. We urge you to fill out an online case evaluation form to get our help today.