Has your ex falsely accused you of domestic violence? 

On Behalf of | Sep 6, 2022 | Domestic Violence |

Often, spouses agree that going their separate ways is for the best. In these circumstances, it can be more simple to settle divorce negotiations. 

Unfortunately, this isn’t always how it works out. The divorce may be more contentious, with spouses being unable to see eye to eye. There have even been cases where false accusations of domestic violence have been made before the court. What motivates someone to do this? 

Gaining a stronger position 

Divorce is often viewed as an adversarial process, where spouses battle it out until one of them is defeated. Unfortunately, this has the potential to motivate individuals to do whatever it takes to get some sort of advantage. 

If believed, accusations of domestic violence could damage your character and reputation. Fortunately, the court generally works based on the evidence, and if the accusations are false then this should come out eventually. 

Taking control of the kids 

Your spouse knows that the court will seek solutions that are in the best interests of the child. Typically, this means that both parents will be granted some form of access to the children. 

However, the court may restrict a parent’s access if the child is in any sort of danger. Your ex could make false accusations of domestic violence in the hope that the court restricts your custody rights. 

You need legal guidance even during an amicable divorce, but this becomes more pressing when the separation turns nasty. You have rights as a parent and spouse, and it’s important that you assert these rights.