What To Do if Your Spouse Is Lying During Divorce Proceedings
No matter how amicable spouses are, divorce can be emotionally draining. When one spouse lies during divorce proceedings, the process becomes far more difficult to cope with. Spouses lie for various reasons during divorce proceedings. For example, a spouse may lie to get a larger share of the marital property. A spouse may lie to get more alimony and/or child support. Sometimes, spouses lie to avoid or reduce child support and/or alimony. Also, a spouse may lie during divorce proceedings because they want to be awarded sole parental responsibility or more time with the children.
If you are going through a divorce and your spouse is lying, you may be wondering what to do. The best thing you can do is to approach your attorney and inform them about the situation. Your attorney will know how to respond if your spouse is lying. For example, your attorney may use legal tools to compel your partner to tell the truth. It is crucial that you avoid taking matters into your own hands or retaliating against your spouse. That will only make you look bad in the eyes of the court.
Lying About Finances
During divorces, spouses are required to disclose their income, the property they own, and the value of assets. This information is used when dividing marital assets and making alimony and child support-related decisions. Most spouses lie about finances during divorce proceedings. Spouses lie about their income, the property they own, and the value of assets.
When it comes to income, it is mostly self-employed spouses who lie. This is because, with self-employed spouses, there is more opportunity to lie. And as it pertains to lying about the value of assets, the most common lies include lying about the value of a business and personal property like art collections and jewelry.
If your partner is lying about finances, your attorney can issue subpoenas to third parties to reveal accurate financial information. Your attorney can also take your spouse’s deposition. A deposition is when your attorney questions your spouse under oath. Because there are harsh consequences in places for people who lie under oath, your spouse will most likely tell the truth if deposed.
Lying About Your Health
For instance, your spouse might be claiming you have an alcohol addiction problem, influencing the court to award them sole parental responsibility or more time with the children. Your attorney can help you find witnesses who can help refute the claims.
If you have struggled with alcohol in the past, you probably have nothing to worry about as long as you have transformed.
Lying About Abuse
False accusations of abuse, both child abuse and spousal abuse, are quite common during divorce. This is mainly because spouses know courts consider abuse for child-related decisions. Your spouse may also be lying about abuse to get you out of your marital home. Subjecting your spouse to the deposition process can help uncover the truth. Also, interviewing witnesses can help expose your spouse’s lies.
Contact an Orlando Divorce Lawyer
Our Orlando divorce lawyers at The Arwani Law Firm have helped many men and women dealing with compulsive liars during divorce. We are here for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.