To make your case in the family court, you need to present your evidence as well as you possibly can. Don’t leave this job completely to your lawyer (if you have one) because (1) it’s your case, (2) you are the one with the most to lose if it’s done badly and (3) you are the one who knows most about it. Also, even if you are paying a lawyer, the more you can do for yourself the more time and money you will save.
What is good evidence?
The first step is to understand what is good evidence.
Go to our website at https://www.myonrecord.com/evidence-gathering-for-individuals/ for our detailed explanation.
Here’s the thing – evidence is not just what you say happened – good evidence is the proof that what you say happened really did happen.
The following are features of good evidence:
- A record made at the time or very soon after, so that you cannot be accused of forgetting the facts, getting confused or making it up;
- A record of what actually happened – facts, not emotions;
- Descriptions of what people actually did;
- Quotes of what was actually said;
- A document or photo consistent with what you say happened;
- Names and contact details of any witnesses who can confirm what you say happened;
- An indication of the impact of what happened.
If you can present your lawyer, or the court, with a chronology (your records of evidence listed by date and time), you will be way ahead in making your case and saving time and money in lawyer fees.
ONRECORD is specifically designed to gather good evidence
If you are trying to describe a pattern of behaviour that has continued over time, it’s very hard trying to gather good evidence together on paper or in a digital diary. For example, trying to link copies of documents or photos to a series diary entries soon gets very complicated. That’s why we have created ONRECORD, the first app specifically designed to help you gather and present evidence. ONRECORD makes it easy to share your online records with your lawyer or other adviser or even to use it to prepare your statement for court yourself.
ONRECORD gives you a framework in which you can:
- write (or dictate) your description of what happened,
- upload supporting evidence such as documents or photos,
- show precisely where and when events occurred, verified by the location function of your phone, and
- add an impact score.
Because the app is on your mobile, you can make a record immediately and upload it securely to our servers where it will be stored regardless of what happens to your phone. You can access your records any time, either on your mobile or on a laptop/computer. Your records are immediately sorted by date and time into a chronology you could use in court.
Share your records with professionals or the court
The simple, user-friendly ONRECORD process helps you to quickly make a record of any event that is relevant without having to bother your lawyer or anyone else who may be giving you support. Instead, when you are ready, you can securely link your records to a professional who can then keep constant track of what is happening to you. Better still, when you share your records, you don’t have to part with your documentation so there’s no risk of others losing it.
ONRECORD is free at the moment so why not give it a try
Dr Isabelle Hung is a co-founder of divorceclub.com and clinical psychologist. Having got through her own divorce just three years ago, she is now remarried and happy to report that divorce really is an opportunity for growth and positive change.