What is a "request for production of documents"?

We've been talking about discovery in this series. In our second video, we're going to be talking about requests for production and what that means. Request for production most commonly are for the production of documentary evidence such as bank statements, mortgage documents, investment account statements. All those types of documentary type things that we need to collect in order to gather the information that we need in preparing for your divorce case. So we do that by submitting these requests for production. What we do is we make a list and simply say, "Please produce-" For example, all of your bank statements for the last five years. Please produce all of your income tax returns for the last five years. And the other party is obligated to not only file written responses to those requests for production, but they also have to actually produce those documents that are within their care custody and reasonable control.

So what that means is if they have reasonable access to those things, they have to get them and turn them over to you. Believe it or not, request for production can also be used to do things like enter onto a piece of property for the purpose of taking pictures. It can also be to go and inspect other types of physical evidence, although those are much rarer in divorce cases. Almost invariably, in divorce cases, we really see the limit to the production of documents. So that's request for production and how they're used.

In our third video, we're gonna be talking about another important discovery tool. Those are called requests for admission. I look forward to seeing you on that video. Remember, I'm Dave Ward, from the Ward law firm. We protect business owners facing divorce.