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3 Lies That Can Jeopardize A Fair Divorce

Most people will go through the mediation process to work out divorce-related matters, so it can be wise to prepare yourself to work with your former spouse to identify solutions to issues like child custody and property division.

However, any cooperative efforts can be for naught if one or both parties lie during the divorce process. Whether it is out of fear, self-preservation or anger, lying in court or in legal documents can have serious consequences. Below, we examine a few common lies people tell during a divorce and how you can address them.

Lie #1: There was abuse or violence during the marriage

Lying about abuse is not only hurtful to the accused, but it can also destroy relationships between parents and their children.

Considering how damaging these allegations can be, they should not be made when they are untrue. If your soon-to-be ex is wrongfully accusing you of such behaviors, then you would be wise to refrain from personal interactions, document your exchanges and talk to your attorney about ways to defend yourself.

Lie #2: Hiding assets

It can be tempting to set aside money or fabricate debt you don't owe to try and protect yourself financially during a divorce. However, doing so can lead to serious penalties, including jail time for perjury.

Instead of hiding assets, you can pursue legal means of securing the fair settlement you deserve. If you suspect your ex is hiding assets, you can work with a financial analyst to uncover fraud.

Lie #3: The other parent is unfit

Lies about parenting capabilities can be particularly painful, especially if you think it could jeopardize custody arrangements and awards.

In order to protect yourself and your parental rights, you would be wise to keep detailed records about your time with your kids. You might also agree to take drug or alcohol tests. Whatever you do, be sure that you prioritize the best interests of your kids and avoiding putting them in any situation in which they could be in danger.

Lying in court is a serious offense that destroys credibility, so it is wise to avoid it during divorce proceedings. If you believe your soon-to-be ex is lying, then you can discuss with your attorney ways to protect yourself and ensure those lies do not threaten your settlement, your parental rights and any support the courts may order.

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