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More and more the Courts are finding that when people are involved in litigation of the custody of the children, an allegation is made of sexual abuse. This is a double-edged sword as some children have been sexually abused by a family member and only come forward when the family separates. More often, one spouse will make this allegation in an effort to get a leg up on custody. Be very careful when making this charge as it will set off an uncontrollable series of events. The children will go through various life changing evaluations, physical as well as psychological. The person accused may be incarcerated, and have life-long damage done to their reputation. The person making the charges may find themselves having supervised contact with the children if the Courts determine there was no abuse and that this was a manipulation of the children.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|