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3 tips for dealing with someone who lies in court

You and your spouse are in court, working toward a divorce. You both want custody of your two kids.

Unfortunately, your spouse is willing to lie in order to get it. Maybe he or she says that you abused the kids. Maybe he or she says you were never around and were always in the office. Maybe your spouse claims that the kids said they didn't want to live with you.

This can be frustrating, heartbreaking and infuriating. Use these tips to help get through the situation:

1. Stay calm.

You're angry. It's natural. Don't let it get the best of you. Don't lash out in return. Most of all, don't stoop to the same level and start lying.

2. Get documents and other solid evidence.

For instance, maybe your spouse says you were never around. To prove otherwise, look for supporting evidence, like pictures of you spending quality time with the kids, records that show when you left work, and the like. These can show how you really spent your time.

3. Find witnesses.

Even if your spouse will lie, you probably have plenty of friends and other family members who will not. Instead of just making it your word against his or hers, look for witnesses who will back you up.

At the same time, understand your legal options. Your spouse is trying to rob you of your right to see your kids. You don't just have to stand for it. Know about the options you have, what next steps to take, and how you can fight for what you deserve.

Source: Love Fraud, "10 tactics for child custody battles with sociopaths," Donna Andersen, accessed June 09, 2017

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