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Is there anything that can be done about my ex-wife lying to the judge?

Spring Hill, FL |

We had a hearing last week on her motion of contempt against me for non payment of alimony, and my motion against her for not complying with ANYTHING on the Mediated Settlement Agreement. She had never served me, so I thought her case wouldn't be heard. She told the judge she served my FORMER lawyer thinking I would still use him. I called my former lawyer's office the day after only to be told they never recieved anything from her. Shouldn't the judge have asked her for an affidavit of service or some sort of proof of service? How can I let the judge know now that she perjured herself? We have court again in October.

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Usually the motion would contain a certificate of service and it would state who she sent a copy to, which in this case, would be your former lawyer. You can maybe see if your former lawyer wants to get involved but I am not sure it will get you anywhere. I have seen this happen, even to me when I was the actual attorney on the case and the pro see opposing party never sent me the motion that was filed, and the court still proceeds forward with the motion for contempt.

Your best approach is to be prepared fully for the actual arguments present for the motion for contempt hearing in October or hire local counsel to assist you.

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In a contempt action, only reasonable notice is required- not personal service. If you have court again in October I assume that the Judge did not yet rule on her motion. If you attended the last court date, you have reasonable notice of the action, so I recommend that you get prepared to defend yourself at the hearing.

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You can certainly bring this t the Judge's attention at the next hearing, but as others have said, you need to be focused on the substance of the case and the allegations.

I have seen hundreds of client's lie under oath, and I have caught people in lies and they have admitted to lying to a Judge, but I have NEVER seen even one person prosecuted for perjury in a family law case.

Welcome to our world. Clients lie. They get away with it. We move on to the issues that we can correct, like, payment of alimony. Good luck to you.

This information is a general answer and is not specific to any particular case. Carin Manders Constantine, Esq. 727-456-0032/ 727-488-8272


Lying is to family law as ___________ is to criminal defense.

Seriously, it does happen all the time. Focus on the big picture as that is all that matters.

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I understand what you are saying however this will go nowhere, you can try to allege perjury etc the chance of a judge doing anything is 1% or less.