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Key tips for navigating your divorce from a lying spouse

On Behalf of | May 30, 2023 | Family Law

Do you feel like your spouse lies about everything? If so, then you’re probably dreading the divorce process that’s ahead of you. After all, how are you going to negotiate a divorce resolution when your spouse can’t be honest about the smallest things?

As hopeless as you may feel, there are steps that you can take in your case to try to improve your chances of obtaining a favorable result. It won’t be an easy process, but with some work and diligence, you might be able to ease the conflict involved in your divorce, reduce your stress, and position yourself for the outcome that you want without having to resort to drawn-out litigation.

How to deal with a lying spouse during divorce proceedings

You can’t change your spouse or the way they act, but there are things that you can do to make your divorce from them a little easier. Here are some steps for you to consider as you proceed through your marriage dissolution:

  • Find evidence to support your position: If your spouse is an incessant liar, then they’re probably going to try to contradict everything you say and every position you take. That can be frustrating, for sure, but you might be able to minimize your spouse’s attacks by securing evidence that supports your position and contradicts your spouse. With concrete evidence in hand, such as financial records or reports from your child’s therapist, it’ll be hard for your spouse to wiggle around the reality of the situation.
  • Reduce communications: There’s a good chance that your spouse’s lying has triggered a lot of conflict in your divorce. You might be able to reduce that tension by simply minimizing the amount of contact you have with your spouse. This will also reduce the opportunities that your spouse has to lie to you. So, think about using written forms of communication or relying on your attorney to convey what you need to say.
  • Find the root cause: There’s a reason your spouse lies so much. It might be triggered by a mental health condition, or it simply might be a response to a deep emotional wound they’ve suffered as a result of their broken marriage. If you can figure out why your spouse lies so much, then you might be less affected by their incessant inability to tell the truth. This will make it easier for you to navigate the intricacies of your case without getting overly flustered.
  • Don’t cave in: A lot of people who are divorcing a lying spouse simply want to get through the painful process as quickly as possible. But moving too quickly through your marriage dissolution could result in you giving in on key issues that have tremendous ramifications for your future. Don’t give into your spouse just to avoid their lies. And don’t let yourself get tricked into believing the lies that your spouse tells. Stand firm on your position and be confident in the legal strategy that you’ve built.

Be confident going into your divorce

Before heading into your divorce proceedings, you need to have a strong plan. If you have a lying spouse, then there’s a whole other dynamic that you’ll have to prepare for. Although that can be stressful to think about, you can alleviate your concerns by thinking through the legal challenges that you might face and how to effectively advocate for your position.