People are accused of domestic violence in New Jersey every day. When domestic violence is substantiated, it’s critical that the victims are moved to safety as soon as possible and that the perpetrator is held legally accountable for his or her actions. On the other hand, there are many people facing false domestic abuse allegations who are facing consequences for actions they did not commit. Here’s how false accusations of domestic violence could affect your divorce.
Why False Accusations Are Made
It’s not uncommon for false domestic violence accusations to be made during a divorce. This is especially true in cases where children are involved. One of the most frequently seen reasons for falsely accusing someone of domestic violence is to gain control over divorce or custody proceedings. If one parent desires full custody of the children after a divorce, he or she may allege that the other parent abused the children in some way in order to force the court’s hand.
How Domestic Violence Accusations Will Affect Your Divorce
If you have been accused of domestic violence, you may have a restraining order of some kind put in place so you may no longer have contact with your ex-spouse or children. This can be extremely frustrating, especially when you have done nothing wrong. Criminal charges may ensue and, in many cases, the state of New Jersey will continue to pursue claims of domestic violence even when the accuser recants his or her statement. Simply put, being falsely accused of domestic violence can have a very negative impact on your divorce and could cause you to lose custody and/or visitation rights.
Disproving Domestic Violence Claims
If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, you may be frightened and unsure of what will happen next. Disproving domestic violence claims is sometimes difficult and may not be successful. However, with skilled legal help you may be able to prove to the court that the alleged incident never occurred, or that you were not the perpetrator of the incident. By working with an experienced Paramus domestic violence lawyer, you can develop a sound strategy to combat false accusations of domestic violence and advocate for your rights and interests during the divorce.
Contact Rita T. Jerejian Today
Rita T. Jerejian is a compassionate, seasoned domestic violence attorney who has worked on both sides of the family abuse issue. She understands that while some cases of domestic violence are legitimate and require quick action, many others are simply the result of false accusations in an attempt to control an issue.
Attorney Jerejian can provide you with expert legal assistance, and she will do everything possible to see that you are protected from false claims of domestic violence. If you are facing false charges of abuse, call as soon as possible for a consultation at (201) 489-7714.