The Truth About Lies – Lorna Elliott LLB (hons), Barrister
Statistically, more than 75% of the accusations that are made during a divorce are untrue. They arise for several reasons:
- To cause trouble for the other person or an act of pure revenge
- To discredit the other person, so that they are closer to ‘winning’
- A combination of the two, to show how much they are ‘in charge’
Types of Lies
Lies about drug abuse are common when relationships break down. This doesn’t necessarily mean illegal drugs, but also alcohol abuse “she always drank too much, she was embarrassing in public” to “he was addicted to painkillers, without them he became a nightmare”. Another common type of lie is about illegal behaviour. Whether it’s tax fraud, animal cruelty, benefits fraud, or flouting planning permission requirements – you might find yourself faced with a whole load of awful allegations that are completely untrue.