Common Deposition Questions

A deposition is a process whereby witnesses provide sworn evidence. They are used to gather pretrial information, specifically to discover what a witness may know and to preserve that testimony for later use in court. Depositions usually in the office of an attorney. They are conducted in the presence of a court reporter who maintains a verbatim record of everything said during the deposition. The person being deposed is under oath and must answer all questions posed by the deposing attorney. Deposition questions vary on a case-by-case basis, but introductory, background and deposition preparation questions are fairly standard across the board. [Read more…]

Why are Some Depositions Videotaped?

IMAG0642When conducted properly, depositions can be critical to supporting a court case. One definition of a deposition is taking an oral statement of a witness under oath, before trial. These proceedings, also called discovery, are usually used to build and support cases. Videotaping has not always been a very popular method of capturing depositions, however it has proven to be a great tool in many cases. Videotaping a deposition has several benefits worth considering. [Read more…]

When You May Need a No-Fault Divorce Deposition

A no-fault divorce deposition or uncontested divorce deposition is usually done in accordance with a divorce pro se. A divorce pro se is when a person decides to represent themselves in a divorce case. This is usually done when a person cannot Court-Reporters-Services-1024x683afford a lawyer; they are getting an uncontested divorce, or have no children or assets to negotiate over.

Virginia rules require the party seeking the divorce submit either a deposition or an affidavit stating certain facts are true. This is where Cook and Wiley can help. We are able to take uncontested divorce depositions that can be used in a divorce case.

First the complainant and their witness must be placed under oath by one of our court reporters, who will then make a verbatim record of their testimony. The complainant will then answer a series of questions pertaining to their uncontested divorce. Below is a list of a sample questions that may be asked.

Sample Uncontested Divorce Deposition Questions

  1. Were you lawfully married on (date) in (location)?
  2. Were there any children born of this marriage or adopted under the age of 18?
  3. Have you and (the defendant’s name) lived separate and apart without interruption for more than a year?
  4. On what date did you separate?
  5. Do you feel there’s any chance of reconciliation between you and (defendant’s name)?

*Please note that these are only sample questions and not a complete and comprehensive list of the questions you may be asked.

After the deposition has been taken, our court reporters will prepare the transcript within ten business days. We will file the original with the clerk’s office and send a copy to the client. It is a simple process that can help you quickly settle your divorce.

If you need a no-fault divorce deposition, call Cook and Wiley at 804-359-1984 today.