Domestic violence accusations and your divorce

In recent years, many people have focused on domestic violence, an issue that creates challenges for families in Illinois and across the U.S. In some instances, abusive people are held accountable for their actions, while other cases may involve someone being falsely accused of family violence. Moreover, certain details may be taken out of context or exaggerated and the harsh stigma surrounding domestic violence cases can spell disaster for someone who is dealing with divorce or other family law issues, such as a custody dispute. If you have been accused of domestic violence, it is important to understand how this could affect your divorce as well as your future.

Someone may be wrongly accused of intimate partner violence by a bitter ex or the other parent of a child as a way to gain an edge during a custody dispute. Sometimes, innocent people are adversely impacted by these allegations in many ways. For example, a divorce may be solely attributed to domestic violence, while these accusations could lead to an unfavorable outcome with respect to a child custody arrangement. People accused of this offense may have restraining orders taken out against them and their life may be thrown upside down in other ways that have nothing to do with family law.

If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, or believe that your side of the story will not be treated fairly, it is essential to stand up for your legal rights. Our fathers’ rights section has more on different family law matters those facing domestic violence allegations may also be working through.

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