If you go to court to litigate your divorce, a judge will help to ensures that your property division and child custody disputes are resolved fairly and in accordance with the law.
Ideally, both you and your ex will be honest and forthcoming during this process so that things go smoothly. But you may be concerned that your ex is going to lie to the court, and you are not sure how to defend against this tactic. Below are a few things to consider.
One of the best things you can do involves gathering concrete evidence to support your position. For instance, maybe your spouse is lying when they are supposed to be disclosing all of the assets that they own, trying to hide some of those assets and keep them from you. If you have gathered proper financial documents, such as tax returns, pay stubs and bank statements, you can use these to show that your ex’s claims are untrue.
Look for witnesses
In some cases, you may want to consider testimonies from other witnesses. For instance, perhaps your ex claims that you were violent or abusive towards your children, saying that they should get sole custody. But if there is no police record of anything happening, and if witnesses are happy to testify about how you are a loving and kind parent, the court is unlikely to deny your custody rights unless it appears that your influence is actually harmful to your children.
The legal process
At the end of the day, it can be very frustrating when your ex lies to the court, because you know it disrupts the process and can prevent you from getting what you believe you fairly deserve. But do not assume that the court is going to take those lies at face value or that you have no options. By seeking legal guidance, you can better defend against the untruths that your ex may be using to undermine the strength of your position.