How Child Abuse Can Affect a Divorce
When parents divorce in Colorado, the family law judge is directed by state law to apply the principle of the best interests of the children when determining who should receive
child custody and
visitation. The goal is to ensure that the children are left in a situation that provides them with a safe and stable home environment and that they are not exposed to the risk of emotional or physical trauma. One issue which sometimes comes up in a divorce between parents is an accusation that one of the parents has a history of abusing the child, whether the abuse is emotional, sexual, or violent in nature. Any type of alleged abuse has the potential to sway the outcome of a divorce against the abuser.
Protecting Your Children from Abuse
If your spouse has abused your children, whether it was an isolated occurrence or an ongoing pattern of abuse, an attorney from Clawson & Clawson, LLP is ready to help you take action to ensure that your children are safe from further harm. The first action may be to petition the court for an order of protection, which can grant you temporary custody and prohibit the other parent from contacting you and your children in any way. Next, we can investigate the situation to find evidence that can be used to persuade the judge to deny your spouse any rights to custody or visitation. With success, the abuser may be entirely cut off from your children and ordered to make
child support payments to you.
Defending Against False Allegations of Abuse
Our firm also represents parents who have been wrongfully accused of child abuse. We see many cases, unfortunately, in which one parent accuses the other of abusing the children. Why is this done? It is nothing more than an intentional attempt to spite the accused and to deny him or her the opportunity to continue to play a meaningful role the children's lives. We understand how frustrating and upsetting this situation may be for you, and want to help you resolve the matter in your favor. Contact our firm to discuss the circumstances of your case with an experienced Colorado Springs divorce lawyer.