Divorce is a time when many people make poor choices they would not otherwise make. Unfortunately, because of the emotional stress that divorce can present, one parent may choose to make false allegations against the other to gain some leverage over him or her in the courtroom. Whether a parent is motivated by fear of losing custody of children, simply out of spite or for some other reason, false allegations are dangerous for both parties.
If your spouse makes false allegations against you, then you need to consult with an attorney immediately. Even if the allegations are proven untrue, your reputation may suffer greatly until you prove your innocence. An experienced attorney can help you identify the best strategy to combat false allegations and protect your future.
Commonly, these false allegations involve some form of abuse against the spouse themselves, your children or participating in dangerous activities around your children, such drug use. Do not underestimate the harm these allegations can do to your personal and professional life.
The good news is that when you do demonstrate that the allegations are indeed false, a court will not look kindly on your spouse for this serious legal offense. In most cases, the aftermath can work in your favor when it comes time for a judge to rule in a custody hearing or divorce settlement. In the meantime, you must be very proactive about protecting yourself by watching all of your behavior and remaining above reproach.
Anytime you face false allegations, it is essential to obtain quality legal counsel from an attorney with experience in divorce and defense. With proper legal counsel, you can fight for justice and protect your rights and reputation during this difficult season.
Source: Findlaw, “Do’s and Don’ts: False Allegations of Child Abuse,” accessed May 19, 2017