During high conflict custody cases, one parent often makes false allegations against the other to make them seem as an unfit parent. They do so because they wish to gain full custody of their children and make sure the other parent has no say in how they're raised.
It's safe to say that they don't have their children's best interests at heart or they won't try to paint a perfectly suitable parent in a bad light. What they fail to realize is that these accusations can work against them and they can end up with limited custody and supervised visitation rights.
If you're in a custody battle with your spouse and you know they wish to manipulate the situation so they can benefit from it, you may experience false allegations of child abuse made against you. It's necessary for you to keep your composure in the courtroom because your natural reaction can make the situation a lot worse for you.
After you've been falsely accused, the court will proceed with a predefined procedure to see if the accuser has given a false account of reality or not. You need to respect the decorum of the courtroom but you also need to be smart and make sure you fully understand your rights so you can take the right next step.
Provide Proof of Innocence
When you're wrongly accused of harming a child or neglecting them, you need to gather evidence to prove your innocence. You can also ask friends and family members that you trust to come in as character witnesses and support you in court. You may even need a guardian ad litem to do an independent custody investigation.
You have to understand the allegations first to disprove them. Provide receipts if you have any to show that the charges made against you are completely false. Get people who've seen you around your kid to vouch for your parenting style.
Seek Help of a Family Law Attorney
The most important step you need to take is get in touch with a professional family law attorney right away. Since they have years of experience dealing with such cases, they can help you come up with an effective strategy to contradict the claims made by your former spouse.
You need to explain the nature of the allegations to your attorney and share any suspicions you may have about your spouse's intentions. If you think your spouse is acting this way to get back at you, then you need to be open about that with your attorney so they can guide you properly about what to do next.
If you live in Atlanta and you're in the throes of a divorce and child custody battle, get in touch with us to schedule a consultation. We'll make sure that any and every false accusation made against you is efficiently rebutted.
You can expect a child protective services investigation in the wake of these allegations and you should cooperate with them because they're only concerned about your child's safety. The best way to deal with these allegations is to remain calm and show evidence that you're a good parent. Contact us at (404) 963-9452 so we can give you the legal support you need to win your case.