Houston Divorce Lawyer Defending Against False Allegations of Sexual Misconduct
False Allegations of Sexual Misconduct and Divorce — Harris County, Montgomery County, Galveston County, Fort Bend County
Even under the best of circumstances, a divorce is emotionally painful for all of the parties involved. Indeed, many divorces quickly descend into nasty, often impulsive allegations made without proper consideration of the consequences. And in some cases, a spouse may resort to making false allegations of sexual misconduct or domestic violence in an attempt to gain leverage in a divorce.
If you find yourself the target of such malicious charges, the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates can help. We are not only experienced family law attorneys, but also qualified criminal defense lawyers who have represented many victims of false allegations of sexual misconduct. We know how false accusations can devastate your family. That is why we take a proactive and aggressive approach towards such charges, especially when they are deliberately employed as a “negotiating tactic” to obtain child custody or spousal support.
Why Spouses Make False Allegations
Texas takes acts of domestic violence and sexual abuse seriously, as it should. Unfortunately, this also creates a culture where most people tend to believe an accuser even without any corroborating evidence. This opens the door for false allegations as a means of manipulating the judicial system to obtain a more favorable outcome in a divorce proceeding.
For example, while Texas law does not automatically entitle a spouse to receive maintenance (alimony) following a divorce, a judge may consider acts of “family violence” in deciding whether such payments are justified in a particular case. This includes violent or sexual acts against the spouse or a child. In addition, judges must consider any accusations or evidence of “abusive physical force” or “sexual abuse” when determining child custody arrangements.
Young children are especially vulnerable to “coaching” by a parent to make false charges against the other parent, especially when the accused parent no longer lives with the family and only has limited visitation rights. This is where having a skilled attorney at your side can prove invaluable. As a former criminal prosecutor, attorney Tad Nelson understands how these types of false accusations work. Nor as a family law and defense attorney, he can help expose false allegations through careful cross-examination and a review of the available evidence, or lack thereof.
Protect Your Family and Reputation From False Charges
The breakdown of a marriage often leaves both spouses feeling hurt and angry. But such feelings can never justify tarring the other spouse with false accusations that can not only permanently destroy your family, but also lead to unjustified criminal charges. If you live in Houston, Galveston, or League City find yourself in such a situation and need immediate legal advice, contact the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates today at (281) 280-0100.