At the Land Legal Group, our Los Angeles divorce attorneys know that when spouses are dissolving their marriages, the details surrounding why their relationships are over can be conflicting.
Since California is a no-fault divorce state, spouses only need to list that they have irreconcilable differences to move forward with the legal proceedings. But because divorce is inherently personal, many people find it easier to blame the other spouse for the breakdown of the marriage. This could include offering misleading details about why the marriage is ending.
As Los Angeles family law attorneys, we are not concerned with the explanations our clients give to their coworkers, friends, or family members regarding their divorce.
However, we make it very clear to our clients that honesty during each part of their legal proceedings is critical for a smooth divorce and their future happiness.
Here is why.
All Legal Proceedings Require Honesty, Including Divorce
Lying to your divorce attorney will damage the integrity of your case from the very beginning.
We understand some divorce details may be hard to discuss or even seem embarrassing, but we are professionals and are not here to judge you. We are here to help build a strong divorce case that allows you to move forward with your new life with confidence.
Starting your divorce honestly will allow us to build the best case for your unique needs and help you positively navigate any potential issues without worry.
Attempting to deceive the judge may lead to significant legal trouble, including penalties for lying under oath or being charged with contempt of court.
Moreover, it will place your case in jeopardy. If the judge feels you are being dishonest, he or she is not going to rule in your favor. In fact, they may go the opposite way altogether.
Outlining Your Finances During a Divorce Requires Complete Transparency
If either spouse plans to hide assets during a divorce or be less than forthcoming about assets the other spouse may not be aware of, we are going to find out.
First, hiding assets is illegal. And when one spouse attempts to conceal finances to avoid an equitable distribution of the funds, the proceedings may take longer than they would have originally.
When hidden accounts are discovered, the other spouse has the right to demand a full audit of the marital finances, potentially adding months to the divorce proceedings.
Financial accuracy is not only a legal requirement, but it also speaks to your integrity during the proceedings. Family court judges significantly frown on spouses who are hiding wealth and may decide to award the other spouse significant damages as a result.
Begin Your Divorce With an Open and Honest Conversation with Your Attorney
From beginning to end, honesty is critical to your divorce’s success.
When you decide to partner with an experienced Los Angeles divorce attorney, take the time you need to have an honest conversation about your marriage and what you want from the divorce.
The more we know, the easier it will be to navigate the legal proceedings without accidental omissions that may reflect poorly on you in court.
Contact Our Los Angeles Family Lawyers at Land Legal Group today at (310) 552-3500
If you are seeking a divorce in California and would like to understand how the proceedings work in their entirety, contact our skilled family law attorneys in Los Angeles at the Land Legal Group today at (310) 552-3500 to schedule a consultation to discuss your unique needs and to learn how we can help.