The trial for a divorce case may be set a few months after the case is filed. During that time period, Ohio law allows for a process known as discovery. The discovery period gives the attorneys and the parties an opportunity to find out things about the person they are suing. Also, it is an opportunity to find out what the person that is suing them is going to say, or what their position is in regard to the case. That way, they can evaluate whether to settle the case and what to expect at trial.
According to Survive Divorce, discovery takes place in two different ways. The first is written discovery. It is called interrogatory and request for production of documents. That is a document that one party sends to the other side and asks them basic questions about the case. The other party is required to give that information. That way, the requesting party can evaluate and know what they will be facing at trial.
According to MyDomaine, the second main way that discovery takes place is in depositions. Depositions take place in a conference room at a lawyer’s office, and one attorney is present with his client and the other attorney is present with his client. There is also a court reporter there who swears everyone in and tells them to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Then they write down what it said at that deposition. So it has got some formality to it, and everybody is supposed to express the truth.