Importance of Honesty in Family Law

For some reason, parties in family law cases think dishonesty at court is okay. While some people do get away with lying to the judge, they don’t realize how bad it can make them look. Moreover, parties are under oath and it is a crime to offer false evidence.

When it comes to financial information, both parties need to understand that: 1) each party has a fiduciary duty to disclose and update all financial information; and 2) each party has the right to subpoena the other party’s bank statements, employment records, retirement statements, etc. If a parent/spouse is not honest, the other spouse can find out. This will hinder settlement and contribute to a ruling against the dishonest person. We’ll address some consequences for breach of fiduciary duty in another post.
When it comes to other communications regarding parenting, judges do look at text messages and e-mails. You need to be consistent with previous texts and e-mails that you sent or you will lose credibility. If you text one thing and tell the judge another story, it can come back to bite you.
And if you lie to your lawyer, you are hurting yourself and your relationship with your lawyer, as well. You must be honest with your lawyer at all costs.

For an initial consultation, call Amicable Divorce Services at 626-351-1200.

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