How should you handle false allegations of child abuse?

How should you handle false allegations of child abuse?

| Jan 30, 2021 | Divorce |

For obvious reasons, the courts take accusations of child abuse very seriously. If your ex falsely accuses you of physically or mentally harming your child, the courts must take steps to intervene and protect your child until an investigation reveals the validity of the claim. 

While it may be comforting to know that the courts do have your child’s best interests at heart, the court’s aggressive approach may prove frustrating and disheartening. While your emotions may threaten to get the best of you, it is essential that you maintain a level head and take swift counter-action. 

What to do when faced with false allegations of child abuse

According to FindLaw, the first and foremost action you should take as the subject of false accusations is to retain experienced legal counsel. Even if you have faith that the truth will prevail or that the accuser will see the light and retract his or her statement, once the courts hear the accusations, an investigation will be necessary. A lawyer who understands these types of cases and the legal system can safeguard your best interests by counseling you on what and what not to do while the investigation is underway. 

Once you retain aggressive legal counsel, you should then brush up on the particular issue and the state’s laws. A greater understanding of both puts you in a position to better defend yourself and assert your rights in court. 

Next, you should maintain a positive relationship with your child, even if he or she said things to support the allegations. It is not uncommon for bitter parents to plant negative perceptions about their ex’s through no fault of the child’s. You should remember that your child is not responsible for the turmoil and that he or she is also a victim of your ex’s behavior. 

You should also reach out to close friends, family members, co-workers, acquaintances and neighbors who may be willing to testify on your behalf. Finally, you should appreciate that the courts must take allegations of child abuse seriously and investigate them in full, even if you know they are groundless. 

What not to do when faced with false allegations of child abuse

Per FindLaw, there are certain things you should avoid doing in the face of false child abuse accusations. For starters, never admit to anything you did not do. Doing so can result in a conviction of child abuse, which can have far-reaching and long-lasting consequences. Do not let your anger take over. Despite how frustrating the case may become, getting angry with authorities will only serve to support the accusations. Finally, do not give up. You are in for an uphill battle, but the outcomes of your perseverance are undoubtedly worth the effort. 

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