Using Requests for Admission in Divorce and Family Law Proceedings
"RFAs" require the other party to admit or deny a certain fact, or the truth of a legal claim or defense. They can be useful for nailing down the authenticity of certain documents, for establishing that certain claims are not being made (i.e., "Admit that the family residence is community property"), but also when used in conjunction with Civil Form Interrogatories, by checking box 17.1, the other party can be forced to state all the facts, and identify all the evidence and witnesses, for each RFA which they deny.
CALIFORNIA CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE
REQUESTS FOR ADMISSION
C.C.P Section 2033.010
Any party may obtain discovery within the scope delimited by Chapters 2 (commencing with Section 2017.010) and 3 (commencing with Section 2017.710), and subject to the restrictions set forth in Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 2019.010), by a written request that any other party to the action admit the genuineness of specified documents, or the truth of specified matters of fact, opinion relating to fact, or application of law to fact. A request for admission may relate to a matter that is in controversy between the parties.