“Do you swear or affirm the testimony you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?”
All testimony is under oath. Judges apply the smell test to determine your truthfulness. Testimony that doesn’t make sense fails this test.
A man, after having been caught with his girlfriend, denied they were intimate because he could not…perform. There was testimony that he had issues in that department. However, he was also on medication for his ailments. He continued his medication even months after separating from his wife. He did NOT have a good explanation for that.
Judge knew he was NOT telling the whole truth. You can lose your credibility on something seemingly trivial. Judges listen intently and judge you. That is their job. If you lie about little things or are “cute” with your answers then they may assume you’ll lie about big things.
Matthew Thompson is a Divorce Lawyer in Mississippi and recommends you tell the truth and nothing but the truth…but only answer what is asked.