Preparing to Divorce a Spouse Who Lies
There is nothing fun about a spouse who lies and nothing fun about divorce, that is for sure. To make matters worse, are you divorcing a spouse who you think is likely to lie in order to hide assets or impact custody/visitation arrangements? If so, you may be in for a difficult time ahead. Having an aggressive divorce attorney fighting for your rights is essential.
Prepare for Anything
Moving forward, the smartest thing you can do against a spouse who lies is to have all your ducks in a row so that the discovery process leans in your favor. Working closely with your lawyer, you will gather documents, assemble expert testimony, and provide character witnesses to build a strong case.
If you are concerned about hidden income, the most important thing to do will be to hire a forensic accountant, who will know where to look. Financial records, including bank statements, tax documents, personal expenditures, and other records will help to provide a picture of the true financial situation and discrepancies between what your spouse has to say and what the records reveal. Additionally, a private investigator may be useful when it comes do finding hidden assets, such as closeted properties, artwork, or other items of value. In a deposition, your spouse will be asked questions under oath about income and assets, and if your attorney knows where to look, chances are you will discover what you are looking for.
Spouse Who Lies About You
In some cases, spouses are so intent on getting full custody that they fabricate stories about their partners in order to sway the court. Those lies may relate to your interactions with the children, and may even include false allegations of abuse or neglect. A vigorous defense will reveal a malicious spouse who lies for what they are, and may include the use of records from school and daycare, as well as testimony from individuals who are familiar with your interactions with your children. Depending on the ages of your children, they may be questioned, as well.
Lies Denying Their Own Behavior
If your spouse has been guilty of misconduct, they may be inclined to lie in order to hide the facts. You would be wise to assemble any evidence of wrongdoing, including text messages, phone messages, and other indicators that your spouse is not being forthcoming about previous behavior.
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If you are anticipating a nasty divorce, it is never too soon to start preparations in order to achieve the best possible outcome. At Beck Law P.C., our team will prepare you for the battle ahead. If you live in Sonoma County, Lake County, or Mendocino county, contact our Santa Rosa office for a confidential consultation today.