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Men facing false allegations of abuse need to protect themselves

As a man, you know that when you do something a woman doesn't like, she may be able to make allegations against you. You may be worried that your spouse will make allegations of domestic abuse against you since you've asked for a divorce. You know the relationship is volatile, and this was a risk you had to take to get out of the situation.

If this is the case, it's important to talk to your attorney about your fears of being falsely accused of domestic violence. To be convicted, there would need to be evidence, but an allegation can hurt you all the same. It can put pressure on you to do as your spouse wishes and could hurt your reputation in court enough to damage your divorce settlement if you're not careful.

False allegations of abuse are illegal, so if you can prove that your spouse is lying, you have a right to sue for defamation and to pursue your own claim. Know that it is extremely easy for your spouse to claim that you are abusive and to get a restraining order against you. Despite that, it is possible to defend your case and prove that the allegations are groundless.

What's fortunate about cases like this is that it falls on your spouse to prove her allegations. What isn't good is that any allegation can immediately have an impact on your life. It can affect your friends, family and work. Mitigate the effects of the allegations by collecting evidence against them, like threats made by your spouse stating that she'll claim you hurt her to get her way. If you can show evidence like that in court, it will go a long way in helping you prevent a conviction.

Source: Huffington Post, "False Allegations of Abuse Target Men in Divorce," Joseph E. Cordell, accessed Oct. 16, 2017

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