How honest should you really be with your divorce representative?

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2023 | Divorce

As if getting divorced isn’t hard enough, you learn you must share many possibly intimate details with a virtual stranger—your divorce representative. Disclosing private information about life and marriage is undesirable for most, yet doing so ensures your counsel is well-prepared to fight for your rights.

Although you need not disclose every tiny detail of your life, you should provide all relevant and potentially relevant information. When your representative understands your circumstances, they have better odds of helping you resolve your divorce issues in Virginia family courts.

Share sensitive information

You won’t want to, but you should inform your divorce counsel if you committed adultery or abused your spouse. Otherwise, they will be genuinely surprised and less able to protect you if the topic arises. Telling them in advance allows your representative to prepare an appropriate response that won’t harm your case.

Disclose financial misconduct

It will likely come out anyway, so if you have secret bank accounts or property your spouse doesn’t know about, inform your counsel. Again, full disclosure ensures the professional in charge of your case is always ready to answer a complaint or allegation the other side raises.

Reveal your wishes

Your representative needs to know what you hope to achieve in the divorce, or they cannot advocate for you properly. If you dislike the child custody arrangements your spouse proposes, inform your counsel. You can reject unfavorable divorce terms and continue negotiating without harming your child custody rights.

Divorce law practitioners have seen and heard it all. Instead of judging you, they remain committed to preserving your rights during your divorce.