Charges of domestic abuse are taken very seriously in South Dakota—as they should be. However, sometimes domestic abuse accusations are untrue, and the accuser is using them as a weapon in a divorce, custody battle, or child support dispute. If you are facing this, the ramifications of a protective order being issued can be severe and may include removal from your home and being denied contact with your children.
The first order entered when domestic abuse is alleged is often a temporary restraining order requiring the accused to immediately leave the home and to not have contact with the victim and often his children. This order is granted without a hearing if a judge believes it is necessary until a formal hearing can be held. If you even think you will be subject to false accusations of domestic violence, you may want to take these steps to protect yourself:
If you have been wrongfully accused of domestic abuse, you must act immediately to defend yourself. Take the first important step of hiring an experienced family law attorney who knows what needs to be done and can assemble your defense quickly. We urge you to start an online chat today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our family law attorneys.