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What happens if my spouse makes allegations about me during our divorce?

During the divorce process emotions can run high and stress levels can peak when discussions take place as to what will happen to the children. It’s not unusual for allegations to be made at various stages of the process.

Dealing with a divorce is difficult enough, but this can be made more difficult when faced with allegations. These could be more serious allegations about drug use or sexual abuse or could be more minor things, such as the way a parent drives when the children are in the car. The primary concern of the court is that of the welfare of the children. Things such as psychiatric reports could be ordered by the judge so that they can make an informed decision about the validity of the allegations.

Contact can be restricted until the validity of the allegations has been investigated which can be extremely frustrating for the parent who has had allegations made against them. Even if serious allegations are found to be true, contact with the child may still be allowed in restricted circumstances, if it is in the best interests of the child.

Remedies other than going to court, such as mediation, may be more difficult if allegations have been made about, for example, domestic abuse. If you are worried about your spouse seeing your children or you have had allegations made against you it is important to seek independent legal advice as soon as possible.

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