For some people, divorce is anything, but a friendly scenario. Some people make divorce more of a battle and attempt to do everything in their power to ensure the other side doesn't win. While your primary goal should be to protect yourself, this isn't the time to be dishonest. Failing to be honest about your earnings, abuse form your ex or anything else will never work out in your favor.
Abuse or Neglect
Particularly when it comes to those cases that involve the custody of minor children, some people will make an accusation of abuse or neglect towards themselves or the children. This is often done to sway the court into giving a particular parent primary custody.
It's important to understand that all accusations brought forward are serious and will be investigated to the full extent of the law. If you make this claim in a legal proceeding or document and it is discovered that you intentionally lied, you could even be charged with perjury. Don't bring up any accusations unless they are true.
Lying about your financial assets is another area that can backfire on you. Whenever both you and your ex own property together, have shared bank accounts or if one person is seeking spousal support, the courts will require that you both submit a detailed financial record.
An important part of this information is a detailed account report. This report should include a listing off all your accounts and their balances. If you fail to include even one account on this record or input an incorrect balance, this is a violation. In some instances, this could result in all your ex's claims being awarded and yours automatically denied.
Leave It To A Professional
While some things are outright lies, some things are innocent mistakes. In terms of your finances, given the stress that comes along with a divorce, it's fairly easy to forget to include an assist on your report or even forget a filing deadline. A lawyer, such as Gearing Rackner Engel And McGrath LLP, can help eliminate these types of mishaps and take much of the responsibility out of your hands.
It is the responsibility of the court to uphold the law. When you lie to the courts, you are inhibiting their ability to do so and will face consequences as a result. Make sure you are being upfront and honest with your lawyer for the best outcome in the short and long term.