Not all divorces are amicable — some are downright toxic. Emotions can run rampant, especially if you are a parent.
It is only natural that both you and your spouse want custody of your child, and your relationship may have disintegrated so much that you both believe sharing custody through co-parenting is not even an option.
This animosity grows even worse if your child’s other parent falsely accuses you of abusing your child, so they can get the upper hand in child custody proceedings. Sadly, if you are falsely accused of child abuse there exists the possibility that you may not get custody of your child.
False allegations of child abuse harm the child
It cannot be stated enough: false allegations of child abuse are a form of parental alienation. Your child’s other parent is trying to interfere with your relationship with your child or stop it altogether.
Parental alienation causes significant harm to the child. It teaches a child to believe lies. It is manipulative. It destroys the child’s relationship with you, a loving parent.
What to do if you are falsely accused of child abuse
If you are accused of child abuse during child custody proceedings, an investigation will be performed. Cooperate with investigators while they do their job.
In the meantime, you can collect any evidence you have to support your position and show you never abused your child. This evidence could include statements by those close to you and your child.
Your right to be with your child may be suspended while the investigation is ongoing. But if the investigation uncovers no evidence that you abused your child, your child’s other parent could lose some or all custody rights and your right to custody of your child will be restored.