It’s no secret that getting a divorce can be an overwhelming and upsetting process. However, this can grow even more complex when you discover your spouse has been spreading false allegations against you in order to hurt your chances of receiving a favorable outcome during the divorce. Unfortunately, this can cause tension and impact your divorce agreement. As such, knowing how to handle these lies is critical. If this reflects your circumstances, the following blog explores the lies your spouse may spread and how a Somerset County divorce attorney can help you navigate the issues that may arise.
What Are the Most Common Lies Spouses Tell?
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for spouses going through a divorce to spread lies and make untrue statements against their partner. This could be out of spite or anger, to receive a more substantial portion of the marital property, or to get full custody of the children. Regardless of the reason, this can have immense impacts on everyone involved.
One of the most common lies that arise during a divorce is allegations of child abuse, especially if you’re going through a bitter custody battle. This can not only impact your custody agreement, but you may be the center of a police investigation as a result. Additionally, allegations of domestic violence can impact your divorce, as your spouse may receive a larger award of marital property.
You may also find that your spouse has lied and accused you of hiding assets during the divorce. Hiding assets during a divorce is illegal, and you can be punished by the courts by having your marital property award reduced.
What Should I Do if My Spouse Makes False Allegations Against Me?
If you discover your spouse has made false allegations against you, it can be incredibly upsetting. You may be angered and hurt by these claims, and rightfully so. However, acting out of anger will only help strengthen the lies your spouse is spreading. You should not speak to your spouse as they may use anything you say in the conversation to strengthen the lies against you. Additionally, if you are ordered by the courts to stay away from your spouse or children, you should not, under any circumstances, break these rules. Even though the claims are false, breaking a court order can have harmful impacts.
It’s important to understand that you should not let these claims go unchecked. Failure to mitigate damages can impact your reputation with the judge, so it’s imperative to counter these allegations with facts. However, this can be difficult to do on your own, so ensuring you have the assistance of an experienced lawyer to guide you through these complex matters is critical. Your attorney can help gather evidence to prove the allegations are false or that otherwise harm the credibility of your spouse.
When you are going through a divorce in which you are a victim of slander at the hands of your spouse, understanding the steps you must take to protect yourself during these times is critical. At the Siragusa Law Firm, our dedicated team will do everything possible to help fight for you when your spouse is spreading lies about you. Contact us today to discuss the circumstances surrounding your case.