DO I REALLY NEED TO TELL MY LAWYER ABOUT THAT?
In a divorce, certain “duties” and “disclosures” are required. You are sufficiently stressed out as it is and now you have to disclose what? The mere thought of telling your lawyer all about your marital relationship, assets and debts causes you to break into a cold sweat. So, do you have to?
What do you say? Where do you start?You make an appointment with a lawyer to discuss how to get out of the non-green grass of your relationship. What do you say? Where do you start?
Start With Complete HonestyThe most important place to start with your lawyer is with honesty. Answer each question thoroughly and honestly. The last thing your lawyer wants is to learn a crucial fact about you or about the case from the other attorney, or worse, in the middle of trial in front of the judge! Did you tell your attorney about all the property you own? The secret bank account? The credit card debt? Your addiction to prescription medication? The undisclosed child support you have been paying throughout the marriage for a child from a non-disclosed relationship? The odds of keeping important facts such as these from surfacing in a divorce proceeding, especially in a "hard fought" divorce, are slim. And once the facts surface, it can affect your ultimate property settlement, custody arrangements and most importantly, your creditability.
Tell Your Attorney the Good, the Bad and the UglyIt is much wiser to tell your attorney the good, the bad, and the ugly, so that he or she can represent you to the best of their ability. If not, you can cripple your attorney's ability to protect you and the ability to look out for your interests and rights. Moreover, recent cases have given judges wide discretion to award money sanctions as a punishment against a spouse who fails to fully disclose material facts that can affect the community and the other spouse. So yes, you need to tell your attorney about that. It may make all the difference at the end of your divorce.