What are interrogatories?

In general, interrogatories are a discovery tool used by an attorney to gain information about the other party. In family law, the supreme court of Florida has provided a form called the Standard Family Law Interrogatories for Original or Enforcement Proceedings. This form is served upon your spouse or your spouse’s attorney. Once you are served, you will have a certain amount of time to answer the interrogatories. The interrogatories can be answered in writing and they do not need to be typed. They must be notarized, however.

Interrogatories are an easy tool that can be used to garner a lot of detailed information about your spouse’s employment history, pay history, bank statements and other financial information. If you are served with interrogatories, it is imperative that you answer them timely. Failure to answer could subject you to sanctions and attorneys fees. If you have been served with family law interrogatories in your divorce or paternity case, contact your expert family law attorney to discuss the interrogatories further.