My ex-husband and I both have shared a 45/55 split of child custody, with my ex having primary. However, there has been a change in residency, and I will be seeking primary through Child Best Interest Factors. I have reason to believe that he is desperate enough to lie in court, including making things up, and skewing his relationship with the kids and mine. He has a history of lying about me to others, including family. How can I combat any lies he may use in court? I am afraid they may cost me the final ruling.
From a practical standpoint, you will benefit from retaining a competent attorney and provide your ex with a discovery request so that you can rely on his answers or immediately point out the lies. If your attorney is well prepared and experienced, he will be able to show the judge the lies and that will hurt your ex's credibility in general. Best wishes! Jim Kraayeveld
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As was said by another attorney, this is where using the discovery process of a divorce case is extremely useful. You should have a skilled family law attorney advise and assist you. One option is a deposition of the father before he even gets to court so that you can preview his answers and lock him in on those prior to the hearing. I do them quite a bit and find that they keep the nonsense down. Good luck.
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This is the very reason you need to retain an experienced Family Law Litigator to help you -- we are trained from day one to catch and expose people lying -- it's a large part of litigating Family Law cases. If you are getting ready to conduct a full-blown Evidentiary Hearing on a change of custody/residency request, I cannot overstate how important it for you to have a lawyer assist you. I wish you all the best of luck. Warmest regards, Matt Catchick.
A skilled attorney will be able to expose lies through effective discovery and cross-examination.
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