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When sending a subpoena for employment records, am I able to send a questionnaire along with it?

Fresno, CA |

There is specific information I need from my ex's former employers: was he fired or did he leave voluntarily, dates of employment, salary and would you rehire him? Of course I'd love to have any disciplnary notices etc. but do not expect that. Am I able to send basically a "fill in" declaration form for the employer to complete or do i just advise them of the info I need and ask them put their statement on pleading paper w/ the appropriate "under oath" statement at the bottom? What is the easiest way to get what I need for a trial without forcing anyone to appear?

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There are strict limits on what a third party (you) can obtain with a civil subpoena. First, you must give advance notice to the employee of your intent to subpoena the records so the employee has an opportunity to object to your subpoena on privacy or other grounds. Further, the records sought must be relevant to the issues in the proceeding in which the subpoena is issued. You are not allowed to go on a fishing expedition merely because you wish to obtain your ex's employment information. If you are in a divorce proceeding, you are entitled to obtain the opposing party's tax returns and other income information relevant to issues of spousal and child support, but not a wholesale reproduction of his or her entire personnel file. I strongly suggest you consult with a lawyer on this issue.

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