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What to do if an ex is making false allegations during a divorce

Divorce can bring out the worst in some people, including the person you are divorcing. Emotions like fear, anger, bitterness and sadness can drive someone to say or do things that are dishonest and hurtful in an effort to protect themselves or cause pain to others.

If you are in a situation where your ex is lashing out and making false allegations against you in your divorce, you need to protect yourself and make sure you set the record straight. 

For instance, if your ex is lying about income, future earning potential or bank accounts in an attempt to shield assets from distribution in a property division settlement, you can consult a financial analyst to help uncover missing, questionable or fraudulent financial records.

If your ex is making false allegations about domestic violence and accusing you of being abusive toward them or your kids so that you get less parenting time, you can gather witness statements and police records to dispute the claims.

If you feel like your ex is lying about you and smearing your name and/or reputation on social media or in news reports, which can happen in high-profile divorces, you can respond in a way that is measured and diplomatic to address the situation without making it worse. In some cases, as noted in this Reuters article, you can seek a court order that will bar both of you from discussing the case in public.

In any of these situations, you can feel incredibly frustrated, and lashing back out at your ex may seem like the answer. However, false allegations like these and purposefully hurtful actions can come back to haunt you -- and your ex. A judge can certainly take these behaviors into consideration when making a decision on matters like parenting time and spousal support.

Rather than get caught up in the negativity and lying, you can work with your attorney to assess your options, defend yourself and set the record straight without jeopardizing your case. 

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