Not every divorce is an amicable one, especially when children are involved. Some parents will do just about anything to keep their child away from their ex, even if that means falsely accusing their ex of child abuse. The following is an overview of what happens if you are accused of child abuse in a high-conflict custody battle.
The allegations will be investigated
If you are accused of child abuse, the claim will be investigated before the court will award custody or visitation to either parent. This may involve examinations by doctors or mental health professionals. Family protective services may also become involved in the case. It is important to cooperate with these investigations, as distressing as they may be. If you can obtain statements from others able to vouch that you love your child and are not a harm to them, this can help your situation. If no evidence of abuse is uncovered, the investigation will be closed, and the court will determine that there is no confirmation of abuse.
Will you be denied visitation or custody?
Judges generally err on the side of caution when it comes to allegations of child abuse. During the pending investigation, if you are accused of child abuse, you may have your visitation and/or custody rights suspended. If it is determined that these accusations are false, you will have your parental rights reinstated.
Learn more about parental alienation
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