The Consequences of Not Telling Your Lawyer the Truth During a Divorce

March 21, 2023

It might be tempting to hide assets or debts during a divorce, hoping for a bigger piece of the pie. But let’s be clear: honesty is not just the ethical thing to do; it’s the smartest strategy for your future. Not telling your lawyer the truth can have devastating consequences.

 Telling Your Lawyer the Truth Prevents:

 

  • Getting Less than What you are Entitled To: Hidden assets or debts won’t be considered in the final divorce agreement. You could end up with less than you deserve, or even worse, responsible for debts you didn’t know about.
  • Legal Trouble: Lying to the court or your attorney can have serious consequences, including:
    • The court rejecting your agreement: Leading to wasted time and money.
    • Damage to your case: Making it harder to negotiate a favorable settlement.
    • Potential penalties: In extreme cases, you could face fines or even criminal charges.
    • Getting fired as a client: Yes, the attorney will fire you as their client.
    • Paying to redraft the Paperwork: If your lawyer has to correct your paperwork, you will pay for the attorney’s time and effort.

Your Lawyer is Your Advocate, Not Your Judge

Your attorney is bound by confidentiality. They’ve heard it all before and are not here to judge you. Their role is to create the best possible outcome for you, and that’s impossible without the full picture.

Telling Your Lawyer the Truth Gives You Power

 

  • Stronger Legal Strategy: When your lawyer knows the facts, they can build a solid case that protects your interests.
  • Faster Resolution: No surprises means fewer delays in negotiations and court proceedings.
  • Peace of Mind: You’ll know you’ve been upfront and fair, and can move forward with confidence.

What to Disclose

  • All financial accounts (even those just in your name)
  • Property you own
  • Any debts you have (loans, credit cards, medical bills, etc.)
  • Income from all sources

I’m Here to Help

My job as your divorce attorney is to guide you through the process, including asking tough questions. Remember, the information you share with me stays confidential. By being honest, you’re not just protecting yourself legally; you’re empowering me to advocate for your best interests.

If you’re ready for a transparent and professional approach to divorce, reach out through my website or call me.