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Family law professionals can help in false abuse allegations

Far too often, media sources feature stories of children who have suffered devastating abuse at the hands of trusted adults. Unfortunately, there are also reports of abuse that are unfounded and based on either incomplete information or false accusations. If one finds him- or herself facing allegations of child abuse, a California family law professional may provide vital assistance.

Though the majority of reports regarding allegations of a child being a victim of abuse or neglect are based on good intentions, there are situations when these accusations are untrue. However, for the safety of the child involved, every report must be investigated in order to determine whether a child is at risk for suffering harm. Due to misinformation or possibly underlying motives, an individual may be facing allegations of harming a child that are completely false. There are some measures that one can take that may help avoid the possibility of becoming a target for false reports.

Anyone who must have close interaction with children may be best served by ensuring that another adult is present at all times or at least make a point to conduct interactions in the presence of others. Additionally, if a report is filed, it is best to remain calm and cooperative throughout the process but without agreeing to any aspect of the allegation in an effort to get the investigation over as quickly as possible. Furthermore, it may be helpful to remain as cordial as possible during child custody negotiations in order to avoid the possibility of facing false allegations from a bitter ex-spouse or partner.

In spite of how confusing and hurtful the situation may seem, it can be overcome with patience and perseverance. If a California resident finds that he or she is facing this untenable situation, there are options for launching a valid defense against these painful allegations. An experienced family law attorney who has successfully handled these types of accusations can provide skilled assistance in order to resolve the matter as expeditiously as possible.

Source: FindLaw, "Do's and Don'ts: False Allegations of Child Abuse", Accessed on Nov. 19, 2017

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