How to Defend Yourself Against False Accusations During a Child Custody Case

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False accusations made against you during a child custody case could severely damage your chances at a fair ruling. That’s why it’s imperative you defend yourself no matter how outlandish or unreasonable the accusations may seem.

What False Accusations Might I Face in a Child Custody Case?

False accusations in child custody cases can often suggest child abuse, failure to abide by the custody rules set forth, lying on your legal documents, or other substantial claims.

If you find yourself facing false accusations, you need to not only know and understand your legal rights, but you also need to know how to respond appropriately.

The Psychology Behind False Accusations

It’s important when dealing with these situations to first understand the place that false accusations regarding your children come from.

An ex-spouse that is feeling desperate is likely to resort to false accusations about you. They think that by doing so, it will encourage the courts to rule in their favor regarding your child custody case. And the truth is, their false accusations may do just that.

The good news is, you have the ability to prove their allegations false, and your skilled child custody attorney can help you achieve this.

What You Must Do to Prove Allegations False in a Child Custody Case

No matter what your ex-spouse’s claims are, in order for you to not become subject to a harsher ruling based on false accusations, you need proof they’re lying. To do that, you’ll need to gather your own evidence.

It is your job to show the court you are a good parent, and sometimes that means dealing with the frustrations of having to prove your innocence in matters of false accusations.

Keeping records and written documentation of your interactions with both your ex-spouse and your children can be helpful in these situations. For example, if your ex-spouse is claiming you repeatedly failed to pick up your children from school on time, keep a record of when you arrive for pickup and/or drop offs, and even request that a teacher or authority figure at the school sign off to demonstrate the validity of your written timestamp. These figures can also be called upon at a later date if necessary as character witnesses to further help your case.

If you’ve been falsely accused of child abuse, demonstrate your clean record to the judge and get statements from your child’s pediatrician, school guidance counselor, and teachers to reflect the optimal health of your child.

Discuss False Accusations an Experienced Attorney

No two child custody cases are alike. If you need to defend yourself against false accusations during a child custody case, or you think there’s a strong chance your ex-spouse may become desperate and wield false claims against you, it’s important you discuss this with an experienced attorney.

Protect the Best Interests of Your Child by Hiring a Trusted Child Custody Lawyer

At the Law Offices of David A. King, P.C., our DuPage County child custody attorneys have an intimate understanding of Illinois custody and visitation laws to apply to your case. We believe in working closely with our clients to ensure their wishes and concerns are accurately addressed.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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