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What is a Subpoena?

Family law disputes can be difficult to navigate. This is especially true if spouses or parents are not seeing eye-to-eye. Subpoenas can be used to help gather information, evidence, and testimony necessary to resolve a dispute. Ignoring a lawfully-issued subpoena can have serious civil and/or criminal consequences. What is a Subpoena? A subpoena is a legal order requiring a person to do something. The requirement may be to physically show up in person or to produce documents relevant to a legal proceeding. Since a subpoena is a legal order, ignoring or refusing to cooperate carries substantial penalties. In fact, the term subpoena literally means “under penalty.” Subpoenas can be essential to uncovering information that is relevant to a family law … Continued