What to do if you’re falsely accused of domestic violence

On Behalf of | Dec 1, 2020 | Family Law

There are many parents in the Ann Arbor area who feel like they are being treated unfairly. Not every couple is able to split in an amicable way and when children are part of a relationship it can make it all the more complicated. Sometimes one parent is seriously undermined by the other parent, making parental alienation a real issue. One way in which one parent can make the other parent look bad is by falsely accusing them of domestic violence.

Being falsely accused of domestic violence can be humiliating and traumatic. When a former partner and even their children accuse the other parent of doing something they didn’t do, it is a sad situation all around. False allegations of domestic violence can affect every part of a person’s life, from their job, to their relationships, to their good reputation.

False allegations of domestic violence can look like the following:

  • Lying to friends and relatives that they are the victim of domestic violence
  • Encouraging the children to fear the other parent
  • Alleging that the other parent has engaged in domestic violence and sharing this information with the children

One parent may make these false accusations in order to harm the other parent’s relationship with the children, get an advantage in court, get more control over the custody situation, to get support from others, etc.

A person who has been falsely accused of domestic violence may find it beneficial to talk with an attorney who specializes in parental alienation. This is a difficult situation and an attorney understands that their client is in the fight of their lives. They can advise their client that parental alienation is child psychological abuse and they can fight for their client’s legal rights as a parent.