Nobody can effectively argue that domestic violence is not a problem in Minnesota and the rest of the United States. Abusive spouses and parents threaten the safety of their partners and children every day. However, we at the Huson Law Firm, PLLC, are also aware that some people make false accusations of abuse. You may be interested in learning how a false accusation of abuse can affect you in a family law dispute.
As Verywell Mind explains, those who make false domestic violence accusations against their partners do so for numerous reasons. Often, one spouse wrongfully claims the other has been abusive throughout the marriage, in hopes to gain full custody of the children during a divorce. You may have experienced your partner being angry with you and hoping to get revenge by claiming to law enforcement, your employer or friends and family that you abuse him or her. It is also possible for a spouse to interpret the other’s yelling or blocking during an argument as domestic violence, even if no harm was inflicted or intended.
False accusations of domestic violence can be harmful to the innocent party in more ways than you may think. If you are wrongfully accused or arrested for abusing your partner, your reputation can be ruined. You may be locked out of your home and prevented from seeing your children. Others may have difficulty trusting you, even if you have done nothing wrong. These wrongful allegations can be especially devastating to fathers. As our page on domestic violence explains, you have the right to defend yourself against a wrongful claim.