You've heard the horror stories--the husband who manages to convince the court he's making $20,000 a year when he's really making $200,000 or the wife who lies and says her husband abused her so she could walk away with a huge settlement. There are many urban legends about people pulling the wool over the judge's eyes. In reality, judges are savvy and since they listen to divorcing couples all day, they have excellent BS detectors. Honesty is the best policy to follow and if your spouse is trying to pull one over, you can bet the court will see through him or her. Here are some of the common stunts that are attempted and fail:
Brette Sember is a former family law attorney and mediator and a nationally recognized expert about divorce. She is the author of The Divorce Organizer & Planner, The Complete Divorce Handbook, and How to Parent with Your Ex. Her web site is www.BretteSember.com. This article first appeared on DoOver.com.