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Study claims many custody-related violence claims are false

Certainly, there are plenty of cases in which domestic violence cases are legitimate and cases when the accusations are false.

It's very important to note, though, that there is one crucial factor that tends to drive the false accusation rates up. That factor is child custody.

According to one report by the group Stop Abusive and Violent Environments, as many as 70 percent of the accusations of abuse that occur when parents are battling over custody of their kids have been deemed false or unnecessary.

That's an incredible statistic. It shows that abuse can be a tool that people use to attempt to gain custody -- even when abuse never occurred.

Remember, the court is trying to seek a solution that has the child's best interests at heart. If one parent is abusive of the child, the chances that he or she will win custody drop to almost nothing. That, the study claims, gives parents incentive to invent domestic violence allegations in the hopes that they'll then obtain sole custody of their children.

Moreover, the report claims that men are targeted with these false accusations far more often than women. While the reasons behind that are complex, it's important to note that men have to be aware of the increased risk.

Have you been accused of domestic violence by your spouse or your ex? Do you believe he or she has invented these accusations specifically to block your relationship with your child? This unfortunate situation is all too common, so it is very important for you to understand all of the legal options that you have moving forward.

Source: Huffington Post, "The Worst Thing A Woman Can Do In Divorce Proceedings - The Abuse Of Orders of Protection," Liz Mandarano, accessed Aug. 23, 2017

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