If you are facing allegations of domestic violence, multiple aspects of your life are likely at stake. Aside from the impact this case could have on your career and your reputation, these charges could destroy your relationship with your children if you are a parent. In fact, some parents are unable to spend time with their kids or secure favorable outcomes during child custody disputes as a result of domestic violence accusations, even if the claims are false.
Defending yourself against exaggerated or false allegations of domestic violence is critical.
Domestic violence allegations can affect custody decisions
According to the Office of the Revisor of Statutes, courts take various factors into consideration when determining custody outcomes that serve a child’s best interests, including domestic abuse. Courts try to uncover the nature of domestic abuse and the potential ways in which a track record of abuse could undermine a child’s best interests and jeopardize their safety.
Sometimes, parents accused of abuse cannot secure custody rights and in some instances, they cannot even spend time with their children at all.
Reviewing examples of domestic violence
Domestic abuse takes a number of forms. Sometimes, domestic abuse involves violence and physical harm, but domestic abuse also includes unlawful sexual conduct and terroristic threats. Domestic violence cases can involve different household members such as one’s spouse, partner, child or former spouse.
Regrettably, some parents falsely accuse their child’s other parent of domestic violence in order to win a custody dispute. If you are in this position, make sure you have a clear understanding of your options.