One of our most valuable assets is our good name. So, when someone attacks that, it is extremely personal, and we take it very seriously. Unfortunately, unless we can find proof this person is lying, it is often their word against ours, which can leave our name tarnished despite doing nothing wrong. This is especially upsetting if the person making false accusations against us is someone who knows us well, such as a friend, parent, child, or spouse. In the case of spouses, false allegations are sadly a common tactic used during divorce.
What Are Examples of False Allegations During a Divorce?
Making false allegations or using the threat of false allegations to gain the upper hand during divorce negotiations/proceedings is a dirty tactic. Not only is it unethical, but it can also ruin lives.
For example, false allegations that involve domestic violence can lead to those who are falsely accused getting arrested, losing their jobs, having friends and family turn on them, and spending years clearing their name (if they’re ever able to). The same is true for those who make false accusations. If they’re found out, they could face similar consequences, including criminal charges, job loss, civil lawsuits, and damage to their reputation.
In addition to domestic violence, other examples of false allegations commonly made during divorce proceedings and negotiations include:
- Hiding Assets – This involves your ex falsely accusing you of concealing property, such as homes, vehicles, investments, and bank accounts, to avoid having them divided up as community property during the divorce.
- Child Abuse – Trying this tactic is usually an ex’s desperate attempt to get custody of the couple’s children. It involves your ex making false accusations that you have abused your kids.
- Adultery – Another way that your ex could attempt to gain the upper hand in your divorce is by making false allegations that you cheated on them. This tactic is more common in states with fault-based divorce. The only way that this could affect a divorce in a no-fault divorce state is if your ex also made false claims that you gave the person you cheated with expensive gifts, such as cars, jewelry, or a house, because that could impact the court’s decision regarding property division.
What Can I Do If Someone Makes False Allegations Against Me?
When someone makes false allegations about you, your first instinct will probably be to fight back. Feeling that way is natural and justified. However, before you fight back, you must make sure you’re prepared for what you’re getting yourself into, because when and how you fight back matters in the case of legal disputes. What proof do they claim to have? Are they claiming to have witnesses? What legal options are available to you?
Answering the questions above, as well as many others, will take time, legal knowledge, a detailed investigation, and intense research. This is not something you should try to do on your own. The best way for you to fight back against false allegations during a divorce is to have an experienced family law attorney do it for you. The last thing you want to do is make things worse. A divorce lawyer can help you avoid making those types of mistakes and can work with you to design a legal strategy to clear your name the right way.
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If you’re facing false allegations, our experienced legal team is here to help. At Levi Divorce & Family Law Attorneys, we know this isn’t just a case, this is your life. You may be fighting for custody of your children or seeking protection after escaping an abusive relationship. This is serious and personal for you, and you deserve legal representation that takes it as seriously and personally as you do. That’s the kind of legal representation you can expect from Levi Divorce & Family Law Attorneys. For more information about our legal team, check out our reviews.
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