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False allegations of domestic abuse hurt your reputation

When you're accused of domestic violence, it can quickly ruin your reputation. If you're in the midst of a divorce, your spouse might have used a claim like this to get the upper hand in a child custody dispute or might have made the claim to try to get more support from the courts in general.

Even if the allegations are false, the court and police may enforce a protective order provided to the alleged victim. If you violate that order, you can face penalties.

How long do protective orders stay in place?

They are typically in place for one year, at which point they need to be modified to be extended. If they are not modified, then they are dismissed and the victim and individual the claim was against can interact again with no legal interference.

Can you keep your weapons when someone claims you've victimized them in a domestic dispute?

Tennessee does not allow you to have a gun if the victim requests that the judge makes a provision in the order that you cannot buy or possess one. This might occur if the victim claims he or she is worried that you will be violent with the weapon or if he or she claims that you have used a weapon against him or her.

What happens if you violate a protective order?

If you violate the order, you can be fined and potentially placed in prison. A bond of at least $2,500 will be ordered for the remaining duration of the order as well.

Your attorney can help you fight these allegations, so you can clear your good name. False allegations are serious, and you can fight back.

Source: FindLaw, "Tennessee Domestic Violence in Family Law Matters," accessed April 25, 2017

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