While full disclosure may not always be in your best interests, it is important, to tell the truth to your divorce lawyer when you are discussing your case. You may feel the need for privacy when it comes to your divorce but it could make your case complicated if your lawyer doesn’t have all the details of your case. It can often end up harming your case to keep important information secret from your attorney.
Be sure to understand the consequences of withholding information from your divorce attorney before you make a decision to withhold it. It could endanger your case and your future.
Things Your Attorney Needs To Know
Essential information is needed to help your lawyer prepare for battle. Your attorney is handling your case and will use the information to create a solid strategy that will give you the best chance of a positive outcome. Withholding information can catch your divorce lawyer off guard and cause your case to be thrown into disarray in court or at mediation.
The information you provide is the foundation of everything your attorney does. They can’t prepare for what they don’t know.
Your attorney won’t be able to help you if they don’t know much about your case. If you have an affair in your marriage but didn’t tell your attorney, your attorney won’t be able to help you navigate the complexities of your case, mediation, or negotiations. If your spouse starts to present evidence of the affair (pictures and text messages), it could impact the legal argument your lawyer had intended to use. However, if you had disclosed the affair to your attorney at the outset, they might have altered the legal strategy in your favor.
What If I’m Uncomfortable Telling My Lawyer Everything?
Although it may be uncomfortable to share personal information about your marriage with an attorney, remember that this is their job and they have likely heard it many times before. If you feel embarrassed, remember that your attorney will keep everything you discuss confidential. Any information you share will only be used for your legal benefit and not for gossip or entertainment.
Which Information Should I Disclose?
Think about the information that could be used against you in your divorce proceedings before you meet with an attorney. Are you or your spouse involved in an affair? Are you or your spouse dishonest with your or their finances? Were there threats or verbal abuse used? Are there any instances of child neglect or domestic violence? Have you shared anything regarding your divorce on social media? Although it can be uncomfortable to discuss such matters, it is in your best interest for your lawyer to have all relevant information.
Ask your divorce attorney for advice if you’re unsure what to share and what not to. You can take comfort in knowing that they have been in similar situations before and are well-equipped for protecting your information. Remember that both of you are working toward the same goal – to secure the best possible divorce settlement. Do your best to cooperate and provide your attorney with all the information necessary to help you win your case.