You’ve heard the horror stories. In a desperate effort to improve her case for custody and to smear you, your ex falsely accuses you of physical and/or emotional abuse toward her and the children. The accusations catch you totally off guard and after denying it, you’re afraid that it comes down to a he said/she said scenario.
Well, mere allegations of abuse are not enough to deprive a parent of physical or legal custody of the children, but you will need to rebut any allegations with rebuttal witnesses and documents and point out why these allegations are just not true, according to domestic relations attorney Jennifer Paine with the law firm Cordell & Cordell, P.C.
Family courts are governed by the standard that everything needs to be in the child’s best interests, Paine said. If you can prove the allegations from your ex are false, that could be extremely damaging to her custody case since she will look like an unreasonable mother bent on keeping you from your children at all costs, according to Paine.