What Do You Do If You Are Falsely Accused of Domestic Abuse?

Stephanie L. Mahdavi Family Law

Domestic abuse is still trying to find a fair footing in the legal system. On one side, abuse victims struggle to find justice under a court of law, especially in cases that are not deemed severe.

What about the other side? What if there has been no abuse in the household, yet your spouse accuses you all that same? What if your spouse, seeking to gain the upper hand in a divorce and custody battle, accuses you of physical abuse? What recourse do you have?

You need a family law attorney immediately. False allegations do not happen in a vacuum. They can spread by word-of-mouth to your workplace, family members, and friends. False claims of abuse can have a profound effect on your professional career and ruin your personal life. If the abuse allegations include the children, you can count on social services to give you a call.

Don’t wait for your life to feel like it is ripping at the seams. Contact a Westlake Village family law attorney today. The Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi are here to protect your family and reputation. Call today.

It is Challenging Fighting Domestic Abuse Allegations in California

There is no denying domestic abuse is a significant problem in America. While the courts struggle to handle cases judiciously, the system has created difficulties for those falsely accused. Once an allegation is made, you may find yourself on the receiving end of an order of protection.

An order of protection is issued by the judge to eliminate any and all contact between you and your spouse. In some cases, you may be allowed supervised visitation with your children. In many cases, communication is completely cut off. The courts can be sluggish before you face a judge to seek removal of the order of protection. Sometimes, it can take months. It is imperative you gain legal counsel as soon as possible.

While the other party has successfully isolated you from your children, it gives them ample time to turn children against you. It also gives them an unfair advantage in a custody proceeding.

How Will a Domestic Abuse Claim Affect My Divorce?

California is a no-fault state. However, claims of domestic violence are an exception to the rule. California defines abuse as:

  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Harassment
  • Threatening
  • Isolation
  • Intimidation
  • Deprivations of basic needs
  • Monitoring when and where you are
  • Controlling access to money, bank accounts, and other financial or economic means.

If you are accused of abuse and cannot clear your name, the court will not grant you custody of your children, either sole or joint. Property division can also be significantly affected by abuse allegations. Don’t chance the court will be on your side, contact an experienced family law attorney today.

Call the Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi Today

Divorce proceedings and custody battles are riddled with abuse allegations. Relationships can be turned toxic, and parties feel vindictive, knowing they can gain full custody and most of the property if the court finds domestic abuse to be a factor. If you have been wrongfully accused, you need an experienced and successful family law attorney in Westlake Village, California. You need the Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi. Contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 805-379-4550.

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