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The pervasive problem with false abuse allegations

Getting divorced can bring out some ugly behaviors in some people when they feel threatened, scared, angry or sad. These emotions can motivate a person to do or say things that are mean and hurtful all in an effort to protect themselves.

Dealing with an ex like this during a divorce can be incredibly frustrating and upsetting, particularly if he or she resorts to things like falsely accusing you of domestic violence. Unfortunately, this is a serious problem that, like actual domestic violence, does not have an easy solution.

According to statistics from Stop Abusive and Violent Environments, about 700,000 people are wrongfully accused of and arrested for domestic violence every year. And every year, 1.5 million restraining orders are issued to people unnecessarily.

Besides the taxpayer cost of these unwarranted efforts (about $20 billion per year), they also take an incredible toll on those who have been wrongfully accused of abusive or violent behavior.

Imagine your ex is so mad at you for filing for divorce that he or she exclaims that you were abusive during your marriage. Even though you know you were never violent or abusive, you cannot just ignore such allegations. To begin with, you may receive a restraining order that prevents you from seeing your kids. Further, if a court believes your ex, your parenting time could be limited and you may be required to attend counseling.

Not only can false allegations threaten a person's parental rights and legal options during divorce, they can also be emotionally traumatic for the person false accused and make the already difficult process of getting divorced even worse.

If you have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence during your divorce, you will need to take steps to defend yourself and set the record straight. Instead of hoping the situation will work itself out or lashing back out at your ex, you can opt for more legitimate and legally effective methods to counter these wrong and hurtful claims. With the help of your attorney, you can work to protect your rights, as well as your reputation. 

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