Facing a false accusation in family court is one of the most maddening experiences possible. When someone has made false accusations against you in a divorce or child custody proceeding, the way you react is very important.

If you find yourself in this position, make sure to contact a skilled legal professional. An accomplished family law attorney can examine your circumstances and help you determine the best path forward.

Below, we will discuss five important things to remember if you are facing false allegations in court. 

Understanding False Accusations

A false accusation occurs when someone falsely alleges that you committed an illegal or wrongful action. In family court, false accusations may rear their heads in divorce or child custody proceedings.

For example, a spouse or the other parent of your child may accuse you of domestic abuse to try to influence the outcome of the proceedings. They may make these accusations to get a larger share of marital property after divorce or to obtain full custody of your child.

Any false accusation can have devastating consequences on your future. Remember the following tips if someone has falsely accused you.

1. Maintain Your Composure

One of the most important things to do in the wake of a false accusation is to maintain your composure. Try not to lose your temper or become angry. This is easier said than done. But keeping your wits about you is important. 

Emotional outbursts are understandable, but they are unhelpful when you’re countering false claims, especially domestic abuse accusations.

2. Plan Your Response

You should never respond to false accusations without preparing first. Plan out your response carefully. 

Use any evidence you have to undermine the accusations against you, including:

  • Phone records
  • Bank account information
  • Medical documents
  • Receipts
  • Notes from meetings or other interactions
  • Text message threads
  • And more

Strong counter-evidence can help to show that the accusations against you are untrue.

3. Contact an Attorney

False accusations can have significant and long-lasting consequences. It is crucial to secure the services of a knowledgeable legal professional.

A skilled attorney will understand relevant court procedures and address false statements about you. They can investigate the accusations and gather evidence to prove they are false.

A skilled lawyer will give you the highest likelihood of a positive outcome in your case. Anyone can feel overwhelmed when they are facing untrue accusations. But a legal specialist will know the best ways to prove that you are innocent.

4. Remain Silent When Possible

If you’re facing false accusations, it is important to maintain your silence, especially if you are facing criminal charges related to the allegations. You have the right to avoid self-incrimination.

Never answer any questions without your legal representative present. Law enforcement officers or others may try to get you to talk when you are alone. When you are facing an accusation of criminal behavior, the stakes are high. Even the smallest misstatement might present a problem in your criminal case.

Moreover, your criminal case could affect a family law case, particularly if the case involves domestic abuse. Your ex-spouse or partner could use a domestic abuse conviction as evidence in a divorce or child custody case.

That is why it is so vital to speak with your attorney privately and allow your lawyer to answer questions on your behalf. Your attorney can also ensure that any proposed plea deal works in your best interests.

5. Demand Justice in Your Case

False accusations can tarnish your personal and professional reputation. When the assertions against you are lies, your accuser may owe you financial damages for the harm those accusations caused.

An experienced lawyer can examine your case and help defend you against false allegations in family court.

To learn more and get the help you deserve, call our divorce & family law firm at (404) 594-2143 or reach out to Crystal Wright Law online by visiting our contact us page.
You can also visit our law firm at 440 S. Perry Street Suite 105, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.