Divorce can be a very messy, contentious process, especially if one of the parties involved is really "out to get" the other, meaning, he or she is determined to make things as difficult as possible in order to seek revenge for hurt feelings or injustices that occurred during marriage. If this description fits your current circumstances, you may need all the extra support you can get to seek a fair and agreeable settlement, and to protect your rights against deception or false accusation.
The latter is sadly a common occurrence, especially when an angry spouse issues false allegations of domestic violence against the other party involved in order to try to gain the upper hand in court. Even if you're able to avoid conviction, simply facing such accusations can greatly damage your personal and professional reputation in Tennessee and elsewhere. The good news is that there are ways to fight against false allegations.
Get the facts, and then take action
To protect your rights against false domestic violence accusations, you must first understand the legal definition of the term. The following facts can help you make informed decisions as you determine how best to proceed to protect your good name and rectify a problem situation:
- The law defines domestic violence as any pattern of abusive behavior asserted against someone to intimidate or gain control over him or her.
- To fully understand the definition, you must also seek clarification of the legal definition of abuse.
- The law defines abuse in several categories, including but not limited to physical, sexual, verbal, mental, emotional or economic harm.
- Domestic violence does not pertain only to spouses, but also includes dating relationships, children or other family members as potential victims.
If you're not currently facing domestic violence charges, but believe your situation is headed in that direction because your spouse or another party keeps threatening to call police or file a formal complaint against you, you have every right to seek immediate legal representation to protect your rights and keep the situation from getting to that point. It's best to try to remain calm and to base your next steps on well-informed decisions.
If circumstances have already led to criminal charges against you, it's critical that you understand your options for presenting a strong defense. Most Tennessee residents turn ask experienced attorneys to help them overcome false accusation problems in court.