It’s an unfortunate fact of life that divorces can get messy, especially where child custody is at issue. A bitter spouse or ex-spouse can wreak a lot of havoc in an attempt to gain custody of children. The children may even be coached by the spouse to lie in order to make the case stronger.
Unfortunately, often these accusations are difficult or impossible to disprove. If you have been accused of physical or sexual abuse against a child, it’s extremely important to fight those charges. If you don’t fight, not only will you lose custody of your child and possibly damage your entire relationship with the child, you will also have a criminal record and may be labeled as a sex offender.
As part of fighting the charges, you will need to hire an experienced attorney who knows the legal issues and the legal system. Be completely honest with your attorney, and keep him or her apprised of the situation. You may wish to contact friends, neighbors, or family members who are willing to testify on your behalf in court. You should also continue to maintain a positive relationship with your child as much as possible throughout the ordeal. Also, although it may be a horrifying situation to be falsely accused of child abuse, avoid losing your temper when dealing with authorities or your former spouse – that will only exacerbate the problem.
In order to prevent a situation like this from arising, try to resolve custody disputes as amicably as possible. Don’t engage in any conduct that could be considered in appropriate with children. Don’t put yourself in a situation that could give rise to suspicion. Finally, don’t admit to anything you didn’t do, no matter how minor it may seem.