Hearing your spouse lie in court, during a divorce case, can really make you angry. However, it is critically important that you stay calm and maintain a professional attitude during the case. Rather than reacting emotionally, look for ways to prove that your spouse is lying. Use your energy in a positive way to make sure justice is served.
For instance, perhaps your spouse is lying about how much money you have as a couple or how much he or she earns. You know your spouse is telling the lies to get out of child support payments or to get an unfair advantage during the property division process.
To prove it, gather some of the following evidence:
- Credit card statements
- Bank statements
- Mortgage documents
- Income tax returns
- Any applicable bills of sale
- Proofs of payment for recent purchases
- Copies of household bills
- Records for investments and retirement accounts
For example, perhaps your spouse is underreporting his or her income. If you bring in copies of bills and payments showing that your spouse consistently pays off more monthly debt than he or she claims to earn in any given month, it can help show that more income is coming from somewhere else. Tax return documents may also help, assuming that your spouse accurately reported what he or she earned when paying taxes.
This process can be challenging and complex. It is important not only to maintain that professional attitude, but to also make sure you really know about all of the legal options that are available to you and how they can help you moving forward.
Source: Paired Life, "Lies During a Divorce Settlement: Dealing With a Spouse Who Commits Perjury," Anna Green, accessed May 18, 2018