Divorces are probably another aspect of life that nobody would want to go through. You might have noticed how even some of the most experienced attorneys are shamed and lose divorce cases, if they present themselves to court unprepared. In this article, you will find six vital pieces of information that you need to present to your divorce lawyer before you present the case to court.
Make sure to disclose all of your assets
Disclose every asset that you own, inclusive of any benefits and accounts that your name appears. As long as you own it, disclose it to your attorney, and be honest about everything.
Confess to your attorney about any false previous financial statements
Your attorney needs to know about any financial discrepancies that you may have been involved in in the past. There is always the temptation to try and bend the truth a little or try to cover it in an attempt to try and some of the assets from being realized. In most cases, this can happen when you find that one partner does need these assets more than the ex-spouse. Your attorney needs to know if, at any point, you attempted to undervalue any asset, or even reported a diminished income. Come clean with your defense attorney before you end up killing your case.
Inform your attorney of any suspicions that you may have of your ex-spouse hiding some assets
There are times when you may even notice that your ex-spouse is hiding some money, minor purchases, statements or bills. You need to let your attorney know about all these suspicions as all these acts are illegal, underhanded, and deceptive to the case. Don’t keep any suspicious activity from your ex-spouse from your defense attorney. Who knows? They may even turn out to be true, and you would have saved yourself a lot of assets that would have been hidden or stolen from you. When declaring your assets, both you and your ex-spouse swore that you disclosed all of your assets and that everything in the written contracts was true and binding by both of your signatures. There are hefty penalties for going contrary to this contract.
Tell your attorney about any fears that you may have about paying for the divorce
Your attorney will help you a lot in such situations. What you need to know is that some legal options are available that you can exploit even if your ex-spouse was the one who used to, and probably still is, controlling all of the finances. The court can even order the other partner to offer you financial support after the case is done. Your attorney can also give you the appropriate measures to take if you feel that you are unable to cater for the attorney’s fees for his/her services.
Tell your attorney if your partner has ever domestically abused you
Doing this will enable your attorney to take the necessary steps to ensure that your ex-spouse never hurts you again, be it physically or emotionally. Your attorney will have to take all the necessary and legal steps to attempt to keep you safe from your abusive ex-spouse, and he/she can do this by helping you to file a restraining order against your partner for one. This is vital, especially at the time of your divorce case as these cases can sometimes become very violent and stressful, and your ex-spouse may even end up hurting you further.
Your attorney needs to know if, at any point during your stay together with your spouse, any of you was unfaithful
Most people might feel embarrassed and or betrayed about revealing such issues, but they can help a great deal to enable your attorney to strategize the best case for you.