Yes, parties should be completely truthful in their divorce case and should not mislead the court, the other party or their attorneys. It is illegal to lie or mislead the court. A party should never intentionally make any false statements in court papers, including discovery, or when testifying in court. Your attorney should not assist you in making false statements and if your attorney discovers that you have made false statements to the court or in discovery, your attorney should correct those statements. There is a misperception among some members of the public that an attorney’s role is to assist her client in misleading the other party in a court case. Making false statements will most likely cause a party to lose credibility which will negatively impact his case. For example, if a wife makes false statements regarding her income the judge is likely to view her in a negative light and that could affect how the judge rules regarding maintenance (“alimony”) and even child custody and visitation. Of course, some aspects of a divorce are not black and white and each party may be entitled to their perspective, within reason. If you have questions about how to properly proceed to have the best Chicago divorce possible, contact Chicago family law attorney Tanya Witt at info@thewittlaw or call (312) 500-5400. This blog does not constitute legal advice. Consult an attorney regarding your specific circumstances.