While some divorces can be relatively civil, many others are full of acrimony and dirty tricks. If you are going through one of the latter types, you could wind up falsely accused of domestic violence.
It’s a sad state of affairs when one spouse resorts to leveling false allegations that the other spouse abused or battered them in order to get the upper hand in the divorce proceedings. But it happens more often than one might think and is very detrimental when it happens.
False allegations detract from true cases of abuse
When someone signs false charges of domestic abuse against the spouse they are divorcing, that diverts manpower and resources from the actual victims. Instead of vigorously pursuing those cases, police and prosecutors waste time litigating charges against innocent defendants simply because vengeful spouses tried to cheat justice in their divorce cases.
Being accused of domestic abuse is life-altering
Even if you prevail in court and get the charges dismissed, by that point you may have lost a good job, faced estrangement from your children and been ostracized by your community. But the damage can run deeper still because even a misdemeanor conviction permanently terminates your Second Amendment right to bear arms. If you are a hunter, this can be a huge loss.
A civil attorney is no match for criminal charges
Your divorce attorney is not equipped with the experience and knowledge to defend you on false charges of domestic abuse. You must be proactive about your defense strategy and learn all you can about the charges you face.