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How to respond to a domestic-abuse allegation

Domestic-violence allegations can be complicated. While all domestic-violence allegations should be treated seriously, there can be strategic reasons why a spouse may want to seek a restraining order or Order of Protection.

If you have been accused of domestic violence in Tennessee, it is important to understand your rights and your legal options. The following are tips on how to respond to a domestic-abuse allegation.

Do not add to the fire

If you are accused of domestic violence by your spouse or partner, it is likely the two of you have engaged in some form of conflict, or you would not have arrived in this situation.

Now that you have been accused, it is important that you not engage in additional conflict. In this situation, it is better to not communicate if you cannot be civil. If the Court has ordered you to have no contact with your spouse or partner, then a violation could lead to a criminal charge such as Violation of an Order of Protection.

Concentrate on the well-being of your children

If you have children, they should be the driving force behind everything you do.

It’s crucial to concentrate on their well-being. It is important that you not jeopardize having future contact with them. You must do everything you can to minimize the emotional turbulence they are exposed to.

Don’t be alone with your accuser

If you meet your accuser, have a neutral party present. This can prevent new accusations. Hiring a counselor or mediator could help the two of you to reach agreements on moving forward.

If you need to defend yourself from a domestic-violence allegation Tennessee, it is important to understand the law and to take action as quickly as possible, including a consultation with an attorney.

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