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When a former spouse lies about domestic violence

On Behalf of | Sep 25, 2020 | Divorce

People run into many different challenges when it comes to dealing with their ex, especially if they were married. These can include anything from financial hardships such as paying child support (or becoming involved in a dispute over unpaid child support) to gossip on social media. However, some people have an especially hard time because their former spouse falsely accuses them of domestic violence.

If false allegations of domestic violence have arisen, you need to take steps to safeguard your freedom and your reputation at once.

Why do people lie about domestic violence?

According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, a record of abuse can play a key role in custody decisions. Some of these allegations are the result of someone attempting to win a dispute over child custody by making their former partner look like an unfit parent who poses a threat to the child. In other cases, people are simply bitter about their marriage or their divorce and they want to derail their ex’s life.

How do these lies affect lives?

Those falsely accused of domestic violence often encounter problems in their careers and personal lives. Issues can include  legal fees, difficulty finding work or visiting one’s children. Some domestic violence cases result in prison time and an irreparably shattered reputation. Because the stakes are so high, it is important to speak with an attorney right away if you have been falsely accused.

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