Domestic Abuse Attorney in Colorado Springs
Domestic Violence Allegations in Divorce
It is a common occurrence in divorce cases in Colorado Springs that one of the spouses will make accusations of domestic violence or child abuse against the other. Sometimes the allegations are well-founded, while other times they are exaggerated or even entirely false. In either case, they can have an enormous impact on the outcome of the divorce. For example, given that the court will award
child custody and
visitation based on what appears to be in the
children's best interests, a domestic violence accusation may result in the alleged abuser being denied rights of custody or visitation. Whether you are a victim of domestic violence or have been falsely accused, a Colorado Springs divorce attorney from Clawson & Clawson, LLP is ready to help you address this sensitive issue in your divorce.
Defending Victims of Domestic Abuse
In some cases, domestic violence is the cause of the divorce — the victim becomes fed up with the abuse and decides to put an end to it once and for all. When this happens, it is often advisable to petition the court for an order of protection, which has the power of prohibiting the abuser from contacting you in any way, from stalking or harassing you, and even from entering certain locations, including your home. The restraining order can provide you with peace and security during and after your divorce, making it possible for you to put this situation behind you and to make a fresh start in life. Our family law attorneys can help you file for a restraining order or fight to protect you being limited by an order of protection that was based on false accusations.
In some cases, a false accusation of spousal abuse or child abuse is leveled in a calculated attempt to gain the upper hand in a divorce. Due to the serious threat of injury or death posed by domestic abuse, it is often easier to level such allegations than it is to defend against them, and there are many cases on record in which a parent — often, but not always, the father — is forced out of the children's lives and relegated on only supervised visitation or no contact at all. If you find yourself in this position, you need skilled legal representation from an attorney who is prepared to fight aggressively to clear your name. Contact us now to discuss the situation and to learn about strategies we may be able to use in your defense or to learn how we can help protect you.