THURMAN'S TIPS - ATTEMPTING TO OBTAIN VOLUNTARY DISCOVERY
FAMILY CODE SECTIONS 3660 TO 3668
There is a little known and rarely used technique for sniffing out whether
it might be in your best interest to consider filing a RFO (Request for
Order) to change existing spousal support, child support, or family support
orders without actually filing one first.
Family Code section 3660 makes it clear that the California legislature intended to permit limited
discovery before and without first commencing modification or termination
proceedings. Section 3662 repeats the standard rule that any discovery,
like production subpoenas, interrogatories, or even depositions are only
available in family law proceedings if there is actually something calendered
for hearing: if not, then the other party can refuse to respond and essentially
ignore your requests. Read Sections 3663 and 3664.
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CALIFORNIA FAMILY CODE