Child Abuse and Substance Abuse
When a Spouse Alleges Child Abuse During a Divorce
The family law attorneys at Hale Ball, located in northern Virginia, focus our practice on representing clients involved in contentious and high-conflict divorces.
Divorce cases in which one spouse alleges that the other spouse has committed physical or sexual abuse of the child are among the most complex and emotional cases to handle.
Our attorneys are able to provide calm advice and extremely aggressive advocacy on behalf of our clients in these types of divorce cases. Our ability comes from decades of experience handling these types of high-conflict custody and divorce cases.
Immediate Response Is Necessary When Abuse Is Charged
No matter whether our client is the parent alleging abuse or the parent against whom the charges are made, we take immediate protective action in such cases. As soon as the allegations arise, the tension and conflict level increases dramatically. The accusing spouse is angry about the alleged abuse, and the parent accused of abuse is fearful and defensive because of the very serious consequences that will arise if he or she is found guilty of criminal misconduct.
As soon as allegations of abuse or neglect are made, we begin to coordinate an assessment of the allegations through child psychologists and licensed clinical social workers. It is critically important in these cases for both the parent and the attorney to receive advice from experts in the field of child abuse in order to determine the best course of action.
We work with an array of expert evaluators who work within a model that is neutral, instead of accusatory. We have found in the past that a neutral and well-founded evaluation of the allegations tends to gain more respect from the court than an evaluation that starts from the perspective that the parent is, in fact, guilty.
Schedule a Consultation with an Experienced Attorney
If you have a question, we encourage you to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our Northern Virginia lawyers. To make an appointment call us at the above telephone number 1-703-591-4900 or use the contact form below.
Since 1980 the AV-rated law firm of Hale Ball has served the legal needs of individuals and businesses. Our team of attorneys include lawyers named to Super Lawyer and Rising Star lists, as well as attorneys with advanced legal degrees, specialty certifications and lawyers who teach their areas of practice to other lawyers.
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