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False Allegations in Custody Cases

Northumberland County, PA - Unfortunately, parties will make false allegations of physical and/or emotional abuse in an attempt to prevent the other party from seeing the child.

In Pennsylvania, Courts must consider the "best interests of the child" in awarding legal and physical custody to the parties. Courts will consider past and present allegations of abuse when determining custody between the parties. Courts may consider a child's testimony in evaluating these allegations.

In the instant case, the parties shared legal custody pursuant to a Custody Order. Mother exercised primary physical custody of two minor children and Father was awarded partial physical custody, which he exercised until Mother alleged Father was physically abusing the children.

Father vehemently denied ever abusing the children, and believed Mother made these allegations of abuse to mislead the Court and prevent Father from seeing the children.

Attorney Jeffrey Engle conducted a thorough investigation prior to the hearing in order to test the veracity of the allegations, and asked that the parties' children testify at the hearing. Attorney Jeffrey Engle's experience and sensitivity to the issues permitted her to invoke testimony from the children proving that Mother was deceiving the Court. Father was cleared of the false allegations and the Court was able to make a determination based on the best interests of the children.

If you are facing false allegations of abuse, it is imperative that you have experienced counsel sensitive to these issues in order to confront the allegations and ensure a proper custody award. The attorneys at Shaffer & Engle Law Offices will fight to protect you and your children. Contact us at (717) 268-4287.