Going through a divorce is stressful, and it can feel overwhelming when you are trying to negotiate how you will share custody of your children. When your ex presents allegations of child abuse, being able to share custody can start to feel impossible.
Once there are accusations of child abuse, it can feel like there is a lot against you. While you know the allegations are false, it can seem like you are stuck in a position of trying to prove your innocence.
Here’s what you should know about overcoming false allegations of child abuse during a custody battle.
Know when and how to engage
Someone who falsely accuses you of child abuse is looking for a reaction. Specifically, they are looking for a response that could simultaneously confirm the accusation while limiting or eliminating your time with your children.
Rather than reacting to the accusations, try to stay calm while standing up to the false claim.
Do not back down
If one accusation does not get traction, there could be more accusations to come. This tactic is designed to wear you down, especially since the legal process tends to be slow.
It is important to fight the allegations, especially if you want to be able to have custody of your children. You may have to take several steps in the process, such as:
- Seeking therapy for yourself or your child
- Discussing the false allegations with your attorney
- Gathering information about your ex and the circumstances around the accusation, such as text messages, emails, photos, and more
Defeating false allegations will require an aggressive and strategic approach. It is essential to have skilled support when dealing with false accusations of child abuse.