FORMAL DISCOVERY.  As its name indicates, formal discovery requires one
spouse to take action to obtain the information needed to understand the
financial situation of the spouse.  These documents can require the spouse to
produce documents, answer questions, admit information, or be questioned in
an informal setting under oath while a transcript is being created.  These
documents can be served upon individuals other than the spouse such as the
spouse's employer, spouse's bank, spouse's retirement plan, etc.  Types of
formal discovery documents are Interrogatories, Request to Admit, and Request
to Produce,

REQUIREMENTS.  Full and honest disclosure is required.  Any person found to
be concealing information or providing false information is subject to
punishment by the court.  Such deception can result in the overturning of
previous order or rulings of the judge, criminal charges, payment of the attorney's
fees of the spouse, and, most importantly, the presiding judge will view the
deceiving person as being untrustworthy potentially resulting in the judge ruling
against that person in financial matters as well as matters involving the children.

FAILURE TO PROVIDE INFORMATION.  If a spouse fails to turn over the requested
documents, the spouse has remedies available.  The first step is to send the
party or the party's attorney a letter requesting that discovery be provided as well
as followed up by a phone call.  The second step is to prepare and a motion
compelling the other party to produce the discovery.  This document is ruled
upon by the presiding judge and sets deadlines to turn over the discovery and
penalties for failure to provide the discovery.  The general penalty is payment of
the other party's attorney's fees.