The Importance of Maintaining Your Credibility in Your Divorce

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave…when first we practice to deceive.”        Sir Walter ScottMarmion 1808

By definition, credibility is the quality of being trusted and believed in.  In life, it is something to be earned and held tight, for once you lose credibility, it is very difficult to earn it back.

From the very beginning of a divorce, your credibility will be tested. You will be required to sign documents and perhaps testify in court “under the pains and penalties of perjury.” These words mean that you “declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury” that the writing or testimony is true and correct. [1]

What is Perjury?

Perjury is lying when you have sworn to tell the truth. Lying under these circumstances is a criminal offense. In Massachusetts you can be prosecuted for perjury and be fined up to $1,000 and/or go to jail for up to two and one half years. [2]

A divorce will undoubtedly test the emotional strength of all parties. Maintaining your credibility in these circumstances is of paramount importance throughout the proceedings with the Court.

As you proceed through your divorce, remember to maintain your integrity and tell the truth. If you tell a lie, no matter how small, your credibility will be damaged and that damage may cause all the other truths you have told to be questioned.

[1] From U.S. Code › Title 28 › Part V › Chapter 115 › § 1746

[2] Massachusetts General Laws Annotated Chapter 268, Section 1.

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