Bitter Divorce Turns to 5 Years for Perjury
One Florida woman’s recent arrest is the perfect example of how lying to a family court is never a smart idea, even when it means protecting your children.
The incident in question involved a woman who won full custody of her child after she showed police threatening messages she had received from her then-husband via Facebook and email.
The trouble came when police looked into the exchanges a little more closely and found that the woman was lying. She had created fake accounts for her husband, and used them to send herself threats, intentionally in order to win full custody.
She was found guilty of perjury, and was sentenced to a 5-year suspended sentence.
This whole situation highlights a very important issue: There is a point where fighting for your children ends up hurting them.
If she had let the divorce proceedings play out normally, even if she was not awarded custody, she would have been able to visit with her child, and been a part of their life. Instead, now she will be in jail, and her child will grow up these early years not really having a mother, and having to live with the social stigma of a parent in jail.
Protecting your children is paramount, and you should always exercise every legal right you have to protect your kids, but as this case points out, don’t push too hard or visitation hours could mean an entirely different thing.
With a skilled family law attorney on your side, you can be assured that every possible measure will be taken to ensure the well-being of your children.