A divorce can be fraught with emotions. This can be especially true when attempting to work out child custody issues. While it is always best for parents to seek an amicable agreement, this does not always happen, and conflict can ensue. Unfortunately, sometimes in an effort to gain an advantage in a custody battle, one party may levy very damaging false allegations of abuse against the other party.
Recently in Cameron County, a mother was arrested and charged with having made a false report, which is a felony. In fact, court records show the mother had filed 10 reports to Child Protective Services, claiming that her daughter had been the victim of acts of sexual abuse, abuse and neglect perpetrated by the girl's father.
The reports, which were made over a period of five years, are said to be related to an ongoing custody battle. The court documents also state that caseworkers discovered no evidence indicating the father had committed any such acts of abuse.
According to an authority on family law, such false allegations can be used during litigation by people who are looking for an edge to get what they want. However, the consequences for the accused can be devastating. A victim of such scurrilous accusations could lose custody of his or her child, perhaps forever. Moreover, the accused party could even lose his or her job or social standing.
If you are in the midst of a custody battle, you know the experience can be emotionally draining. If you have been on the receiving end of false accusations, you may be in the precarious position of trying to win custody while fighting serious allegations.
You don't have to fight for your parental rights alone. A Texas child custody attorney could act as your representative. The attorney could investigate the allegations to challenge their veracity. The attorney could also help you pursue a custody agreement that is in the best interests of both you and your child.
Source: ABC13 Eyewitness News, "CHILD CUSTODY BATTLE ENDS WITH CHARGES AGAINST MOTHER," Foti Kallergis, Feb, 15, 2016