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What to do if a person is falsely accused of child abuse

As Kentucky residents are becoming more aware about child abuse, more reports are being made. While some of these reports are substantiated, there are many others that involve accusations that are simply not true. Although these reports are often made in good faith, the allegations can be particularly harmful and even result in a loss of custody. If a person finds that they are being accused of child abuse, there are certain things they should and should not do.

Adults should avoid putting themselves into situations that may result in false allegations. For example, they should have another adult present with them if they are taking care of kids. If false allegations are levied, parents should do their best to maintain relationships with their children that are as positive as possible. This is because children are usually not responsible for these false accusations.

If parents are facing false allegations of child abuse, they should take immediate action to protect themselves. This includes not admitting to anything even if it seems simpler to do so. Adults should also try not to lose their temper when dealing with authorities, as showing temper can potentially be used as evidence to bolster the allegations.

When a former couple is going through a divorce, one parent may falsely accuse the other parent of child abuse in an attempt to obtain full custody. Because allegations of child abuse can have far-reaching consequences that could include being legally prevented from contacting the children. If a person is facing false allegations, a family law attorney may advocate by challenging the allegations.

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