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Divorce and Perjury

By: Lorna Elliott LLB (hons), Barrister - Updated: 24 Feb 2018 |
 
Perjury Lie Court Divorce Proceedings

A person who is proven to have lied in evidence given court is guilty of perjury. The offence can only be made out if an individual has lied under oath. This can be particularly prevalent in the divorce courts. Emotions are running high, and litigants’ views on the ‘facts’ of the marriage and ensuing divorce can vary enormously. But if a person swears, on oath, that they will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth’ and then goes on to lie, they have committed perjury.

In divorce cases, however, it can be very difficult to prove. This is because very often the truth is only known between the two divorcing individuals, and that it is essentially one person’s word against the other.

Proving Perjury

There are, however, other cases in which it is possible to prove that an individual has lied under oath. In such situations the penalties are harsh. The problem in divorce cases is that the various authorities involved in the proceedings – the judge, the lawyers, and anyone else – may not care at all that your ex spouse has perjured themselves in the context of your divorce.

Often the financial amounts that are disclosed during the divorce proceedings are less than the reality. It is very common for divorcing couples to try to conceal assets and lower their income for the purpose of trying to ensure that the subsequent payout is much less than it otherwise should have been.

In extreme cases, your former spouse’s lawyer can also provide evidence on affidavit that these lies are true. Again, whether or not there is something that can be done to punish your ex or their lawyer depends on the seriousness of the act and whether or not it can be proved.

An Example of Perjury

In some extreme cases, however, it can mean that an individual is prosecuted and sent to prison for perjury. There have been numerous high profile cases of perjury in non-divorce cases. One lesser known example is that of a man who forged his wife’s signature on divorce documents (which alone would constitute Perverting The Course Of Justice), and then went to court to swear his evidence.

On oath, the man told the court that his wife had signed the petition but had decided not to have anything else to do with the divorce proceedings. On the strength of the evidence the man gave the court, the judge decided to annul the marriage and issued a decree absolute. Unfortunately, his former wife, who knew nothing of the divorce proceedings, contacted her own solicitor just weeks after the marriage was annulled. Very quickly she learned that she was already divorced and that her former husband had forged her signature and lied on oath to the divorce court in order to get the marriage annulled.

The police quickly intervened. A handwriting expert confirmed that the signature on the divorce documents was far more likely to have been written by the man. He pleaded guilty to perjury and was given a six month prison service, which was suspended for two years.

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Let’s resolve our issues come to my house .i am just lonely old pensioner looking for a friend.
Sam - 24-Feb-18 @ 2:48 AM
Hey you talking to Gordon?bigtyon ?.are you tell my mum that I m giving you trouble ?.remember when you told her i stole his wallet?hey come to house ?dont be scared I love you baby .
Sam - 24-Feb-18 @ 2:36 AM
And for record to late for Peace.you come any where near i belt you in the street and give one for the old days bring your (big man I dare you .)i live witha few boys that love to fight .
Chris - 24-Feb-18 @ 2:20 AM
Tell bree she was a mistake and if (I am her biological father)tell her I want nothing to do with her( remove my last name )I am demanding.if I wanted to see her I would have done something yearsago .stop writing in blogs you are pathetic like your kids .yeah and I m not looking legal advise for the record
Chri laurie - 24-Feb-18 @ 1:33 AM
For record ex we do judge you .remove my last name.
Chri - 24-Feb-18 @ 1:14 AM
And for the record ex I am on disability pension so I can’t help you sorry .and it not my problem anyway get step daddy to step up .you get any man you won’t .and he got plenty of money so stop whining .and if he call my place a again he will get a mouth full .this is what we both want and for record we are not meant to be together.have good life .
Chri - 24-Feb-18 @ 1:03 AM
My ex dumb founded .well ex you can't open up my book half way and think you know me .stop snooping around my life .its my life if I want to be a fraudster or hobo or whatever you have no say in the matter its my life I live it my way I am the author my book.who cares if I don't see my child there are millions of us its not the end of the world .and for the record I am a yoga teacher and I am gay OK deal with it .
chris - 23-Feb-18 @ 11:01 PM
Hi, I'll been divorced for 2years I just find out on my divorced paper that the number of years my ex husband filed was fraud . I never read it since at thattime I'm very depressed of my life since the company ill been working closed down and the new mgt terminated me which at this time I'm still joblessThe divorced letter was in my drawer which my ex husband put . We got married in July of 2003 to December of 2015 but my ex spouse but 5 yrs 2003 to 2007. Do you think it's fraud can I filed perjury.since he take advantage of my situation.
Carmen - 23-Feb-18 @ 7:56 PM
Mr Jinx - Your Question:
Odd one, whilst I’m extactic to be away from the ex we’re still married and have a little one. I was in the process of submitting a divorce application based on her adultery once our house sale went through and I had some cash. She’s now contacted and said she’s not happy with the terms and wants to apply for a divorce on the grounds of two years separation. Although I should point out at this stage that we’re still three days short of our first year separated. I suspect that if I argue she’ll become evil about access to my little one and any money we make from the sale of ten house will be swallowed by the solicitors. Im not keen on purjerying myself either, any views?

Our Response:
If you cannot agree between yourselves, mediation may be able to help, please see link here. The 'blame game' is becoming less of an importance in divorce and is in reality considered outmoded and outdated. The court will not find fault with one or other party or attempt to punish that party with regards to the financial settlement. In fact, first and foremost, the court will always look towards what is in the best interests and needs of the child when determining any financial division.
SeparatedDads - 16-Feb-18 @ 3:12 PM
Odd one, whilst I’m extactic to be away from the ex we’re still married and have a little one. I was in the process of submitting a divorce application based on her adultery once our house sale went through and I had some cash. She’s now contacted and said she’s not happy with the terms and wants to apply for a divorce on the grounds of two years separation. Although I should point out at this stage that we’re still three days short of our first year separated. I suspect that if I argue she’ll become evil about access to my little one and any money we make from the sale of ten house will be swallowed by the solicitors. Im not keen on purjerying myself either, any views?
Mr Jinx - 16-Feb-18 @ 2:55 PM
I've been married to a service man we got married in the Philippines when he move to the states he stop sending spousal support, start living in with his gf and kept the marriage pretending that everything is ok while trying to establish his single life. After a year he file for divorce but lied to the court that he doesnt know my mailing address so what he did is he done it thru newspaper publication while telling me that he had sent the divorce papers. Only to file out that the court has already granted default judgement. Never got the chance to reply to the divorce papers since nothing was mailed. Now I do not know what to do as I dont want to end up paying all his loan he made while he was with his mistress. And the court wont email me either the documents and he is also MIA.
MrsCArter2013 - 9-Nov-17 @ 12:36 AM
Jesse345, eldest 18, youngest 16, they were totally supportive at the start, even wanted to leave their own mother, but she's been emotionally blackmailing them and poisoning everything I do, she even has them thinking I'm turning them against each other. There's no such thing as the perfect husband or father, but i tried damn hard to do that, now after 25 yrs, I've lost my home, my family and my best friend, who is doing nothing short of burying me. I'm broken
OZ - 5-Sep-17 @ 4:49 PM
@OZ - I feel your pain. How old are your daughters? Surely, they understand that you're a good dad. Hang in there and continue to be the good dad. The most important thing is your daughters and nothing will ruin their love for you if you've done right by them <3
Jesse345 - 5-Sep-17 @ 12:57 PM
Thanks Matt, but it doesn't make it any easier. She's moved him into the family home, has turned my girls against me, has been prescribed medication whilst married for an STI, all provided to the court and they agree with her. She's now trying to clean me out, after I have spent 23 yrs working hard for the family and adoring the ground she walked on. She continues to spread lies even to her own parents and our daughters. I accept the marriage is over, but its because of her, but why turn my girls against me and why break me, its not as if we are rolling in money. Her new fella is well to do, his own daughter won't talk to him, but he's making a huge effort to impress my girls. I've been alienated and lost everything, its a nightmare I can't wake up from
OZ - 5-Sep-17 @ 10:30 AM
@OZ - it doesn't really matter in the long run, people give any old reason. Blaming another person is an outdated and outmoded concept and really should be changed. It's about time this system was rewritten.
Matt - 4-Sep-17 @ 2:58 PM
My STBEW has lied on her statement of case, I have provided the court with a 4 page letter showing that it was not my behaviour that caused the marriage to fail, but that she was having an affair. The court has found in her favour, I'm disgusted and furious, am I entitled to see what she entered as evidence on sworn affidavit ????
OZ - 2-Sep-17 @ 3:35 AM
I've got divorced and signed the consent form but I've found out my ex husband has been hideing his assets and other money from his buuseness will i be able to contest the consent order
nat - 6-Apr-17 @ 9:59 PM
can someone help me please if i sign the statutory declaration i will be agreeing with mothers allegation of the registrar letting her do this the records office clearlystated to the mother On letter dated 8/February/2017 (As previously confirmed by this office examination of the register entry indicates that two people attended the register office to give information for the registration. This is confirmed by the fact that the qualification shows the word 'Mother and Father'.) I have received the Statutory Declaration form dated 23rd March 2017. Due to the serious nature of the error and the need for two people to sign, I am willing to sign the correctionwhen the document clearly states the facts. I feel that if I sign the declaration as it stands to date that I may be committing a criminal act. Fact I am willing to sign the truthfulpart of the case is as follows 1. the man named as the child's father was not present at the time of registration and did not sign the register page. 2. That at the time of the registration no details relating to the child's father should have been recorded. I feel that the information is incorrect and still an error 1. That the information for the birth was given by the mother of the child alone. On letter dated 8/February/2017clearly stated that As previously confirmed by this office examination of the register entry indicates that two people attended the register office to give information for the registration. This is confirmed by the fact that the qualification shows the word 'Mother and Father'. In defence of the mother if she is correct as her letter on the 16/08/16 states. And you have added this to theStatutory Declaration Document. Quote “There wasn't anyone with me purporting to be there father I signed the register myself. I wasn't aware that there would be a problem with this as the registrar apparently allowed it” Yet on the Statutory Declaration there is no reference to the Registrar acting unlawfully. If this is the case an error took place and would of caused the serious nature of the error and this should be worded accordingly. Even though I believe that the Registrar is innocent of the accusation made by the mother This needs to be established before I can sign the correction. When the document will clearly state the facts and clear any inaccuracy on the Statutory Declaration Document. At the moment its left unclear and this is the reasons why That the information for the birth was given by the mother of the child with a unidentified Male. That the information for the birth was given by the mother of the child alone. That the registrar acting unlawfully and allowed the entry. Kind Regards
fuzzy - 28-Mar-17 @ 9:47 PM
@deft - stand back and keep away from the issues. If there is no evidence to prove you have committed domestic violence then no charges will be brought against you. But, if you start to fight fire with fire it could actually backfire. There is nothing wrong with your ex 'speaking to another male' and you can't have your ex sacked from a job because she is going through her own personal problems. Keeping away from her and having no communication is your best course of action. Jilly.
JBM77 - 5-Jan-17 @ 10:26 AM
I am currently going through a nasty Divorce my spouse told her attorney that there was constant on going domestic violence in the home the truth is I have never touched this woman in 16 years well in short i have been suspended from my job with the state cause of her. my question is here she Is a RN and is very honestly acting out of the ordinary considering I caught her speaking to another male. 8 days later I was served divorce papers. I suffer from PTSD from the Army and she knows this this woman is causing me some serious mental trouble the VA has upped my Meds for the fear of my actions from Combat. My issue is how can one I prove she has incriminated her self. and how do i get her removed from her job personally is a nurse has the balls to act like this personally should not be working on a person no matter who it isreasons how can you trust them to do the right thing is they can lye about this what else can they lye about. I am also looking to sue her for defamation of character and lost wages? is this possible hell honestly if i could send her to jail I probably would just so she could feel the freaking pain and devastation she has caused me. Lord know's if this was Afghanistan or Iraq I would not be worried about crap. Looking for answers...... How do you beat someone that is out to destroy you for no real reason or good reasons.
derf - 4-Jan-17 @ 6:55 AM
I have served Marriage dissolution I am respondent my spouse is a conditional residence she just entered in usa not long ago she had battered me in 4 days marriage fraud now she wants money green card benefit and has false statements in marriage dissolution file accusing me as a useless she had played with me big time I had trusted her being part of my life put all Faith on her she didn't spare me I went to india on August 15 2016 to August 29th 2016 just after she gets visa on August 4th 2016 she was going to come to USA with me on August 29th 2016 she never came stayed with me in back in Home village indialeft me behind on August 23nd 2016 came over hear in USA Chicagoand soon I arrived hear she left me in 4 days it's almost 3 months no communication or relationship I was so depressed and emotional I had spent lots money for wedding all my family came to india on wedding I had lost my reputation back in my home and still she asking for money gold and benefits to stay in the USA she wants to obtain green card and gain citizenship worst human being I ever met in my life I had loved her so much everything is destroyed I want her to be deported back where she belongs withdrawal all my pitition file paperswhat should than do give her perjury for liying
Nil - 22-Nov-16 @ 4:00 PM
I am divorced from my ex wife who committed a marriage fraud and made false allegations against me. She came from India and had been in the U.K. for 8 months. We had not consummated the marriage and when I approached and instructed a solicitor and explained this, they proceeded with a divorce petition despite being told that we had not consummated the marriage and had valid grounds for annulment. I have since been granted a divorce and am stuck in a financial settlement dispute, my new family lawyer stating that I should have had the marriage annulled, The solicitors who drafted and served the petition note in the petition that the marriage was not consummated as one of my grounds; surely this is a contradiction in terms. Indeed it proves that they were aware of my position and still proceeded with the divorce as my only option to leave the short marriage. I would like to know how I can sue the solicitors who did not persue an annulment when they were made aware and acknowledged in writing that the marriage had not been consummated. I believe the solicitor who acted for me was a novice and the managing partner was not supportive, an altercation happened in their office reference another matter (my nephew taking on a lease) where a solicitor verbally attacked me for turning up unannounced because I had complained about him to the managing partner; who betrayed my confidence. The firm agreed a fixed-fee divorce comparable to the offer from a firm where I had first consulted, but because they were not immigration lawyers they suggested I go to such a solicitor, and the firm I used tried to charge some £800 over the £500 dispursments and £500 fixed fee previously agreed which I had paid, stating my case was overly complicated and they were dismissed as a consequence when my decree absolute was finally granted in January 2016 (I applied for this myself). Can you help?
Vinnie - 16-Oct-16 @ 10:32 AM
Well my ex husband was told by the judge that he had to give me $8,000 and he had to send me something in the mail so I could sign it. I as married to this man for 37 YRS. I have tried to get spousal support But he says he has no money which is a lie. He told me he can't give me anything due to social security is taking $500 a month from him, he want show any paper work at all. He has lied to the judge about how he can't walk have While I have a picture of him walking also he is fishing. He plays the victimhe also sign a paper saying it wax me which I never sign But judge still took it. Help
red_ant - 17-Sep-16 @ 11:55 PM
Hi, I was arrested and falsely charged with s.39 common assault when my wife accused me of beating her with a shoe in a frenzied attack in May 2015 (injuries she had self inflicted using an iron) she having been in the country for just 8 months, with no subsiding relationship between us because I was depressed and I just didn't find her appealing (she was causing me a lot of stress and it was an arranged marriage and the chemistry just wasn't there - indeed I was having treatment for impotency and depression) without a single concern for me, she invoked the DV process by making false and malicious allegations so that she could get ILR in the UK. She has been supported by the establishment despite being a foreign national who has committed marriage fraud, she was refused entry into the UK twice before marrying me and had a previous marriage of convenience - something that came to light after the fact. As a British man, born and bred, I have been crushed by the due process. In a phone call made to me she confessed that she had caused her own injuries because she was upset and had no other alternative other than to die. This call was recorded and forensically proven to have taken place, and translated. It was used in court at my subsequent trial and I was found not guilty with the Magistrates concluding that her evidence (given via video link) was inconsistent. The waste of public funds, the pain and suffering I endured over the six months the CPS took to bring the case to trial and both the Police and CPS failing to use the confession evidence because SHE had insisted that it was not her voice on the recording. She also proceeded to make RAPe allegations when her attempts at reconciliation broke down, because I had bail conditions not to contact her and I refused to allow her to return home. These new allegation led to my arrest and humilation, I consented to my medical records being provided and these confirmed that I had been depressed and my marriage had failed and that we were not intimate and I had been sent for testes examinations and offered treatments for impotency etc. At the Magistrates Court, the recording was played and when the Magistrate asked her who's voices they were - she answered "mine and my husbands" - sadly I had to sit through 6 hours of evidence (3 hours of her evidence via a translator - when she can speak perfect English) before the matter was concluded and my acquittal. All the evidence was provided to the CPS and they blatantly continued to support my then wife, who in those three hours committed perjury by insisting that I had beaten her, something her own 'confession' clearly contradicted. Indeed, there is text messages and whatsapp messages that veto everything she said on the stand, and I would like to know what action I can take in regards to the Police's failure to be fair and impartial, the CPS continuing with the trial when they accepted that one of us was lying, and they believed that to be me b
Vinnie - 14-May-16 @ 1:55 PM
Ben - Your Question:
My ex husband told me he was in financial difficulty and needed a quick divorce.he told me we would sign papers saying whats mine us mine vice versa to protect me from his debt. In the papers hecsaid he owned nothing and was not planning to marry or buy a house. Wecwere divorced at 11am some days later. Ive subsequently discovered that he completed the purchase of a 6.4m pound house at noon the same day we were divorced. Have I any recourse to his lies?

Our Response:
Yes, I would seek some legal advice regarding this, especially if your ex over-stated his debts and under-stated his assets.
SeparatedDads - 25-Apr-16 @ 1:55 PM
My ex husband told me he was in financial difficulty and needed a quick divorce.he told me we would sign papers saying whats mine us mine vice versa to protect me from his debt. In the papers hecsaid he owned nothing and was not planning to marry or buy a house. Wecwere divorced at 11am some days later. Ive subsequently discovered that he completed the purchase of a 6.4m pound house at noon the same day we were divorced. Have i any recourse to his lies?
Ben - 24-Apr-16 @ 10:54 PM
Advice please. Ex husband has ignored kids for over a year. Has lied on court application saying I am stopping him but he hasn't even tried. We are at court in 5 days time and I have email and text proof of everything plus his family as witnesses as they feel out 5 years ago when he stole a large sum of money from them ( He was not arrested or anything) now he wants joint custody to avoid maintanance as he has just landed a job earning 45k a year. I know he will lie at the fdhra next week. I want my girls to see their dad but he doesn't want to be just wants to control me As he did for our10 years of marriage. He never interacted with the girls when we were together. I would like him to change but I dont think he will as he is too selfish. What will the judge do as he will be lying and I will be telling the truth. Will I be able to show evidence?
PamG - 15-Apr-16 @ 4:05 PM
Hi, my husband was granted a divorce and he lied about why he divorced me! Mind you that he claim to not know my wears outs and of course I didn't want him to! I want to know that , even though he was granted the divorce under false pretenses, can I counter file under the truth and still be granted a divorce
TT - 13-Mar-16 @ 7:36 AM
Can my husband get an absolute divorce if he has lied about us being permanently separated n resuming our maritial relationship...we have lived in 2 different places for a yr due to us being homeless n we was getting a house this month but I just got the divorce papers...how does tht work...we just had a baby together n we have been doing everything as a family like normal...I'm just confused on how he can get a 30 day divorce all of a sudden...help please!
ending2016 - 26-Feb-16 @ 9:29 PM
My(ex)husband filed a Publication of Notice to get a divorce. However he knew my whereabouts and carried on for years as though we were married. He we as far as to were he wedding ring for years. I recently found out because I start to seek a divorce from him. Because he was granted the divorce by Notice of Publication he was granted all marital property. I have been mentally and emotionally distraught not only for me but for my daughter who look to this man as her father. What can I do? He committed perjury and I mountains of evidences to prove he lied. Help!!!
Sheerbliss - 7-Nov-15 @ 3:19 PM
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