Divorce is stressful enough; but if you have no idea what your family’s assets, liabilities, and overall finances are or where they reside, it can be overwhelming. If you are going through a divorce in Connecticut, the discovery process will shed light on this important element of your divorce. An experienced Connecticut family law attorney will guide you through the discovery process to find transparency in your marital estate.
Request for Production
The discovery process in Connecticut usually begins with a request for production that is sent to your spouse or your spouse’s counsel and that requests specific financial information. Your attorney will request financial documents, statements, and general information that usually includes specific items:
- Tax returns;
- Checking and savings account statements;
- Employment contracts;
- Retirement account statements;
- Documents of possession;
- Credit card statements; and
- Real estate documents.
Your Unique Case
Connecticut law allows for mandatory discovery disclosures, and these include items like paystubs and tax returns that both parties are automatically entitled to. Every case is unique, however, and mandatory discovery doesn’t always cover all the financial information that’s necessary to resolve a complex case. The circumstances of your case will guide your divorce lawyer’s discovery request, which may include additional items that are specific to your case.
Because you understand your familial finances from an up-close and personal perspective, your input is especially important during the discovery process and will help guide your attorney’s request for production. The more you know about inheritances, trusts, valuable possessions, and the like, the more closely your discovery request can be tailored to your case.
Production can even be used to demonstrate the breakdown of your marriage if it illustrates the financial specifics of an extramarital affair.
The Marital Estate
Discovery is an invaluable tool for conjuring a complete picture of your marital estate, which is crucial to the equitable outcome of your divorce. The discovery process follows a protocol, and if your spouse fails to respond accordingly, your divorce lawyer may file a Motion to Compel discovery. Once discovery is complete, your spouse has an ongoing duty to provide current information as it becomes available.
Contact an Experienced Connecticut Divorce Attorney for More Information Today
At The Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant, L.L.C., in Stamford, CT, we understand how important the discovery process is to the advantageous outcome of your divorce. We will leave no stone unturned in our efficient efforts to protect your financial rights. Give our family law attorneys a call today at 203-348-2465 – or contact us online – to learn more about how we can help you protect your financial rights.