Typically during a divorce process, there’s a stack of paperwork that requires filling and multiple discussions between attorneys and the court.
When most people consider the term “divorce documents” they assume it’s the documents needed to open the case and complete it, a divorce petition, and the final judgment of the case. However, the term goes far beyond merely that interpretation.
When a spouse receives a divorce petition, the person will file a written response. After this, the spouse would exchange financial disclosures which would consist of income, expenses, assets, and debts incurred by the individual.
Generally, many spouses spend little time and effort in filling these forms out which would create gaps in information. It is important to remember that to receive a fair settlement, the relevant disclosure of finances and properties are required.
The consequences of lying:
Typically, the phrase “to the best of your knowledge and belief” is added to each of the documents because courts have an understanding of the fact that mistakes are bound to happen. If it is presented that a party to the case has unintentionally made a mistake, the judge is unlikely to hold it against the spouse. However, if the statement or representation is made knowingly, judges have the right to punish the individual with monetary fines or worse.
A few of the common consequences for lying on documents could include:
• The spouse would be guilty of contempt.
• The spouse may influence the judges thinking in a negative way.
• The divorce could be delayed. This could cost the spouse valuable time and money.
Since the process of divorce can be emotionally charged, it would help significantly to have someone there who knows the entire process and can guide the spouse, so he/she can focus on the primary objective. Choosing from some of the best Orlando divorce lawyers could help a stable divorce process.
The Law Office of Erin Morse is a Family Law firm based in Florida, USA. By providing experienced and a skilled set of attorneys, each client’s case can be diverted to the right path while ensuring client satisfaction with the services offered.