Going through a divorce can be an emotional and challenging experience. During this time, it is natural to want to keep personal secrets hidden. However, when it comes to family law cases, it is crucial to share these secrets with your attorney. In this blog post, we will discuss why it is important for your attorney to know your secrets and what kind of secrets your attorney may need to know.
Why Your Attorney Needs to Know Every Secret?
- Better legal representation: Knowing your client’s secrets can help attorneys provide better legal representation. By understanding the full picture of a client’s situation, attorneys can develop a more effective legal strategy that takes into account all relevant factors.
- Protection of client’s interests: In family law cases, it is important to protect the client’s interests. By knowing the client’s secrets, attorneys can anticipate potential legal challenges and address them proactively.
- Preservation of attorney-client privilege: When clients reveal their secrets to their attorneys, that information is protected by attorney-client privilege. This means that the information cannot be disclosed without the client’s permission, even if it is damaging to the client’s case.
- Avoiding surprises in court: If clients fail to disclose important information to their attorneys, it can lead to surprises in court. This can damage the client’s case and make it difficult for the attorney to provide effective representation.
- Ensuring ethical behavior: Attorneys have ethical obligations to their clients. By knowing the client’s secrets, attorneys can avoid any potential ethical issues that may arise during the case.
What Skeletons Should You Bring Out?
While your attorney won’t need to know every single thing about your past, they will need to know the following:
- Substance Abuse or Addiction: If you have ever had any form of substance abuse or addiction treatment, your attorney needs to know. This information can impact child custody arrangements and visitation schedules.
- Mental Health Treatment: If you have ever received treatment for a mental health condition, it is important to disclose this to your attorney. This information can impact child custody arrangements, as well as decisions related to child support.
- Hidden Assets: If you have any hidden assets that your spouse is not aware of, such as real property (boats, real estate, cars, etc.), investments, retirement accounts, or bank accounts, it is important to disclose this to your attorney. This information can impact property division and financial arrangements.
- Criminal Convictions: If you have ever been convicted of a crime more serious than a minor traffic violation, your attorney needs to know. If you provide as much information as possible, your attorney can develop a legal strategy that takes into account any potential consequences of your criminal record.
- Infidelity: While infidelity may not be the sole reason for the divorce, it is important to disclose any affairs to your attorney. This information can impact negotiations for property division, alimony, and child custody arrangements.
- Domestic Violence: If you or your spouse have a history of domestic violence, it is important to disclose this to your attorney. This information can impact child custody arrangements.
- Health Concerns: If you or your spouse have any significant health concerns, it is important to disclose this to your attorney. This information can impact child custody arrangements and medical expenses.
- Religious Beliefs: If you or your spouse have any strong religious beliefs, it is important to disclose this to your attorney. This information can impact decisions related to child custody, education, and upbringing.
Contact The Blacknall Firm
If you are facing a family law issue and need representation for a final trial or any other legal matter, contact the Blacknall Firm today. Our team of experienced family law attorneys is dedicated to helping our clients achieve the best possible outcome in their cases. Let us put our skills and knowledge to work for you.