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Are you facing accusations of neglect or abuse following divorce?

| Jul 13, 2021 | Divorce

When you decided to divorce your spouse, it was because they were continuing to assert that you were not kind to them or your children. That couldn’t have been further from the truth. Every day, you were doing the school runs, making meals, going to work and participating in your children’s lives at a high level.

Despite all this, your estranged spouse has still gone forward and made a claim that you were being neglectful and abusive to your children. They present photos of your child after an accident and claimed that you caused the injuries.

What should you do if you’re accused of abuse or neglect?

This kind of situation is bad for parents who want to keep custody of their children. By law, family welfare agencies and law enforcement need to step in and investigate if they believe that a child is in danger. It’s a social worker’s job to perform an investigation and to report their findings.

If it’s believed that your child is in immediate danger, your child will be taken from your home and a temporary removal hearing will take place. Usually, this happens within a few hours or days. A formal hearing takes place within 45 days to determine what should happen next with your child’s custody schedule and your rights.

You should know that the state courts want to reunite parents and their children, but it’s not always possible if there are too many signs of abuse. This is why it’s so important for you to provide your own documentation to show how your child was injured or how much effort you put into caring for them.

Facing allegations of neglecting or abusing your child?

This is a difficult position to be in, and you deserve support. If you’re accused of hurting or neglecting your child, you don’t have to sit back and wait for the outcome of a case that may be weighed against you. You can build your own defensive case to help you protected your own interests and to make sure your children will stay in your care where they’re safe and secure.