You never thought your relationship was going to get to this point. Not only are you ending your marriage, but it’s grown incredibly contentious. Your ex wants to take your children away and has said that “you’ll never see them again” if they have their way.
In fact, they’re now accusing you of child abuse or domestic violence. You know that you didn’t do anything wrong, but they claim that you did. What are you supposed to do?
Unfortunately, contentious child custody cases sometimes reach this point. Though experts call it a “flawed strategy,” some parents do make these claims because they think that the court will deny the other person — the alleged accuser — any visitation or custody rights. Since that is their main goal, they are willing to do whatever it takes.
This reasoning does have some basis in fact. The courts always look out for the children’s best interests. It’s clear that those children should not live in an abusive household under any circumstances. If the claims are true, they can have a massive impact on the outcome of the case.
That said, no one deserves to lose their children because their ex lied about them in court during a contentious divorce. There will be an investigation to determine if the claims have merit. You need to make sure that you always keep your own legal rights and options in mind at all times. And, as you work through it, never stoop to your ex’s level and respond with false accusations of your own.