Falsely Accused Parents Must Defend Against False Allegations of Child Abuse

When married couples divorce or unmarried couples with children separate, they may face some problems and disagreements regarding their children. One of the most serious and devastating situations happens when one parent makes claims of child abuse against the other. Of course, sometimes this occurs based upon a legitimate and reasonable belief that such a thing is happening.  Sometimes, though, this may be done in an effort to gain more control over the children or for other reasons. Regardless of the reason behind the claims, a parent who stands accused falsely must defend against false allegations of child abuse.

Child Abuse Reports

Child abuse must be reported immediately. Once reported, the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) will investigate the allegations. This is done through various methods. For example, the parents will be interviewed, a home visit may be made, and the children will be interviewed if they are old enough. It is important to note that although you may be frustrated and upset by the allegations, they must be properly investigated to protect the child. If you receive notice that you or a family member is being investigated by DCS, it is critical to talk to an attorney immediately.

Supervised Visitation

Sometimes the court will respond to allegations of child abuse by requiring supervised visitation. This may only be a temporary measure that is done to guard children from possible abuse. If you are accused of child abuse, you are not guilty and do not face any penalties unless the allegations are proven true. In the meantime, retain an experienced attorney (both family law and, possibly, criminal law) to assist you in protecting your rights and defending the false claims.

Defend False Statements

You must be prepared to defend yourself if serious allegations against you are untrue. Your attorney will review every aspect of the situation to determine how to proceed. Child abuse is a serious matter. Anyone who is caught making false abuse allegations of child abuse is subject to penalties and could face fines and other consequences.

Resolving Problems

If you have been accused of child abuse the claim needs to be taken seriously. Do not just assume that the problem will go away on its own. Instead, you need to take steps to show that you are innocent. This should be done with help from a seasoned attorney. Remember that these claims could limit your ability to have visitation with your child and therefore the situation needs to be resolved as quickly as possible. If you are facing accusations of child abuse, contact the skilled legal team at Udall Shumway PLC as soon as possible to review your case.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding False Allegations of Child Abuse, or other family law issues, please feel free to contact Jonathan D. Brooks at 480.461.5300, log on to udallshumway.com, or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.