If you are going through a divorce you are probably wondering what you can do to protect yourself. You might even be worried about talking to your lawyer, and you could be unsure of what information you should give to your lawyer. Here are some things that you should and shouldn't divulge with your lawyer.
1. You Should Always Be Honest About Infidelity
If you or your spouse has been unfaithful in the marriage it is important that you tell your lawyer. Even if your spouse doesn't know about the transgressions you should still tell your lawyer. There is a very good chance that this information is going to come out either way and your lawyer needs to be prepared. There are different laws that relate to divorce if one party was unfaithful in the marriage. Thus, you will do a better job of protecting yourself if you are honest with your lawyer. They will know best how to approach the situation and protect you.
2. Don't Bring Up Fights Of Differences Between You and Your Spouse
Although you may be hurt, this is not the time to bring up past fights and emotional differences between you and your spouse. This kind of information won't help your case and it is not relevant to the divorce. Instead, you will only waste the lawyer's time and cost yourself more money. This is why it is better to simply stick to the facts about the divorce. This is no time to try and disprove your spouse's character.
If you do need to talk to someone about your pain with the divorce, talk to a professional equipped to help you. Your lawyer can do nothing for you in this department; they only need facts about your divorce, not your emotional stress.
3. Be Honest About Your Estate, Even Personal Accounts
It is very important that you are honest about your finances and even any personal accounts that you have. Your lawyer needs to know the extent of your estate, and by knowing about your personal accounts, they can help you to protect your wealth. This is especially the case if the money was yours before the marriage, such as property owned, inheritance and so forth.
If you don't divulge this information and it is discovered by the other party you could be in trouble with the court for not being truthful about your assets.
By understanding what you should and shouldn't discuss with your attorney, you can better protect yourself. Talk to a someone like Margit M. Hicks, PA Attorney at Law for additional help with your divorce case.