Interrogatories are written questions submitted to the opposing party during the divorce process. Interrogatories must be answered, truthfully, under penalty of perjury within 30 days. The opposing party may object to answering the questions if they feel they are arduous in nature and have no bearing on the case.
Most state laws will limit the number of questions asked since some attorneys will bury the other side in interrogatories to try to keep them burdened with paperwork. Interrogatories should be straightforward, asking for information that would be readily available. Only include a question in your interrogatories after you have made an attempt to obtain the information by other means.
Not only will you be able to send the opposing party interrogatories, they will also be able to do the same. Below are some sample responses you can give if you feel their questions are too burdensome or request information you do not have:
- Joe Black objects generally to Jane Black’s first set of interrogatories on the grounds that they are overly broad and burdensome. Joe Black has made a good faith effort to respond to the interrogatories, but reserves the right to object, an to move to have vacated, all of Jane Black’s interrogatories.
- The following responses and objections are based upon information not known. Joe Black has not yet completed discovery or preparation for trial in this action and therefore will supplement these responses and objections to the extent required by the Rules of Civil Procedure.
- My name is Joe Black. I reside at XYZ Nowhere Street, Anywhere, State. I object to the remainder of the interrogatory as being irrelevant and invasive of my privacy.