My wife won the child custody case based on lies


My ex had me committed to a psyche evaluation against my will via the sheriff, in an affidavit based on perjured statements. This evaluation and affidavit set the tone and had me paying for a second evaluation and placed me under supervised visitation for 6 months. I have since settled and regret the entire matter.

Do I have recourse to sue civilly for her actions and their consequences in the matter? To this day I deal with the fear that she may again falsely accuse me so as to eliminate me from my daughter’s life.


It is definitely aggravating to participate in a divorce when your spouse consistently invents lies to manipulate the outcome of your case.

The most appropriate approach in handling this type of situation is to consult with an excellent attorney. An attorney who is well qualified in the area of domestic relations will be able to effectively cross-examine the opposing party so that each lie is pointed out for the judge. This would have been helpful in your case because the judge could have made an impartial and more reasonable visitation schedule for you than what you ultimately agreed upon in your divorce settlement.

Sadly, as you indicated, it is your child that suffers most when parents choose to battle their disputes by spreading rumors and false statements. Based upon the facts that you provided to me, it is reasonable for you to fear that your ex-wife may continue to create lies about you to destroy your relationship with your daughter.

Fortunately, in Missouri, to modify a parenting plan there must be a continuing change in circumstances that is substantial enough for a judge to determine that the original parenting plan is no longer useful. Unless the facts as you explained them change, it does not appear that your ex-wife will be able to allege facts substantial enough to modify the prior arrangement; therefore, your visitation should remain the same.

I understand that your divorce is already settled and that you are also now concerned about pursuing a remedy in civil court for the damages you sustained due to your ex-wife’s perjury. While this is a serious matter of concern for you, I must advise you that I am an attorney that solely practices domestic litigation and the area of law that you are inquiring about is civil. For a more in depth and detailed answer to your question, I urge you to consult with an attorney that practices civil law.

With that being said, if you were to pursue a civil case against your ex-spouse, you could cause her to take a defensive stand and subject yourself to an even more bitter battle where she may allege problems that were worse than before. Sometimes, it is better off to take a more cautious approach in matters such as yours and simply refrain from pursing a law suit altogether.

Again, please understand that my opinions are based upon the limited facts that you provided to me. For a more in depth discussion of your legal rights, I urge you to contact an attorney immediately.

Cordell & Cordell has well qualified and experienced men’s divorce lawyers located nationwide, including many in Missouri, if you require additional legal assistance.


Michelle Hughes is an Associate Attorney in the Jefferson County, Missouri office of Cordell & Cordell where she practices domestic relations exclusively. Ms. Hughes is licensed in the states of Missouri and Illinois, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. A native to metro St. Louis, Ms. Hughes received her BBA in Economics and Finances from McKendree College. She later received her Juris Doctor from Thomas Cooley Law School where she graduated cum laude.

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6 comments on “My wife won the child custody case based on lies

    What if it’s not the exes lies that costed you to lose the custody case but the fact that my attorney is the liar and has costed me thousands by lying to me, continuing court dates without my knowledge rarely ever responding to emails, texts and phone calls and would belittle every detail I would try to give him during face to face meetings got arrested on bogus charges placed by my ex and my attorney didn’t even lift a finger to get me out was gonna leave me there over but recently I’ve gain solid proof that he has most definitely lied every single thing that came out of his mouth didn’t put any effort into fighting for my side of things and this entire case has costed me everything for text messages that can’t be proved with reasonable doubt because if you know anything about technology my phone could have been cloned and that was what I told my attorney there is no possible way the law could prove without a doubt I personally sent the messages and then I got charged months into this case for 3 different criminal charges that again couldn’t be proved to be from me because whatever threat was sent came from my email address but just so happens right around that time my email address was found in the dark web I know without doubt my ex aquired service from this computer savvy guy that once asked me if I know anything about the dark web which I did not still do not and don’t care to but I know something like this has taken place I feel real strongly that my exes family may have slid a lil money to my attorney to make sure things go my exes way. I need an attorney to help me without causing much uproar just yet but I know without doubt in soul that I’m dead on point!

    In my case, the ex spouse is Father who is telling outrageous lies. I learned about narcissism after our divorce and realized he was a narcissist. I have gained so much insight into what has transpired in my custody battle by researching attachment based -parental alienation on the website of Dr. Craig Childress. Everything makes sense now, but I don’t know if it will help me in court. I will hopefully provide a positive update after next hearing.

    Courts don’t investigate. My ex-husband lied; thus, my son lied. I went to jail under false accusations, and the courts did nothing to help. Any of their “help” was a sham. PACT (like CPS) lied, and didn’t correct their mistakes, the court-appointed counselor dropped my son a few weeks before court, and at the courthouse, a court “investigator” spoke with my son and myself for about ten minutes each, and decided the child didn’t want to see me, so that was enough for her to recommend my son going with his lying dad for full custody. Lawyers tell me nothing can be done because my son was 9, now 12, and won’t stop lying. This is what my son is learning – that this form of child abuse is okay, and the court system enables parents (like my son’s dad) to raise a child under such horrid pretenses. This kind of shameful self-centeredness is exactly why I left my ex. The courts are disgusting in the US. Years later, I haven’t heard anything from my son, but continue to try to send letters. If I try any other contact, my son will be coerced by his dad to lie, and the courts will allow it, and I don’t want my son’s childhood taken from him any more than it has already been taken away.

    There is no justice in family law for fathers!
    “An attorney who is well qualified in the area of domestic relations will be able to effectively cross-examine the opposing party so that each lie is pointed out for the judge.”

    FYI…just b/c your lawyer points it out, and everyone in the courtroom sees it for a lie, that doesn’t mean the judge will see it or base a ruling on the facts. Honestly…12+ years of custody and my ex bringing me to court 5 different times has shown me that 1) she gets away with a lot b/c she is female and, 2) the judge only wants to get you out of the court room and off the docket as quickly as possible. Unless mom is smoking crack in the court room during the trial (and that’s still might not be enough if the judge is just blindly pro-mom), fathers get the shaft in custody cases.

    I am SO sorry to hear about your situation! I find that an ex-wife will lie to control the situation… typically money and children. Unfortunately, it is at the cost of the children.

    I am fearful of the same situation… what was it that she “claimed” that forced the evaulation? Seems like it would need to be a very large claim to force the evaluation.

    Thank you and good luck!


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