Pre-Trial Matters/Discovery


There are several ways to obtain financial information regarding the other party. The process of obtaining information during the legal process is referred to as “discovery”. Each party is required to respond truthfully and completely to written and oral discovery requests. If financial issues are involved in your case, you must comply with Local Court Rule 4-3.02. You must comply with this rule even if you are the person requesting or receiving child support, maintenance, or other forms of financial relief.   Sanctions can be imposed for failure to accurately disclose your income, assets, expenses and debt on your financial affidavit.  Discovery can be obtained by the following:

      • Marital Interrogatories (requests the other party to answer questions) (see Illinois Supreme Court Rule 213).
      • Notices to Produce (requests the other party to produce copies of documents, objects, or access to real estate and personal property) (see Illinois Supreme Court Rule 214).
      • Subpoenas (requests a non-party to produce documents or appear in court to testify.)  Additionally, a Subpoena can compel a person to appear in Court (see Illinois Supreme Court Rule 204 and Local Court Rule 4-2.09).
      • Depositions (requests a party to give testimony on the record) (see Illinois Supreme Court Rules 202 through 208, and Local Court Rules 5-2.06 and 5-2.07).
      For additional rules regarding discovery in general, and other forms of discovery allowed, see the Illinois Supreme Court Rules and Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Local Court Rules Part 2.00 Proceedings Before Trial. If you do not fully understand this information or find the procedures to be complicated, or need advice, you may need to talk to a lawyer about your case. The Lake County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service can be reached on line at or you may call (847) 244-3143.