False accusations of domestic violence sometimes happen during a divorce. However, New Hampshire won’t automatically take anyone’s word for it. The court must examine evidence fron both sides.
Understand what counts as domestic violence
The first step is to learn what the different types of domestic violence are. Certain behaviors that everyone occasionally does, such as yelling or pleading, could count as abuse. However, for the court to find abuse, someone must prove a consistent pattern.
It’s a good idea to avoid yelling, touching your spouse during an argument or attempting to prevent them from leaving to help protect yourself. Now that your marriage has gone sour, these behaviors could easily count as domestic violence in divorce court.
Having witnesses of your character strengthens your case. You could ask neighbors, teachers, doctors and anyone else who would be willing to testify to your character and what they observed between you and your spouse.
Control your temper
While you may be emotional about facing false accusations, especially if your spouse went as far as getting a restraining order against you, emotional outbursts will only hurt your case as they could be used against you. Never violate your restraining order either, regardless of your opinion about it, because this could hurt your case.
If you’re struggling with stress, you could see a counselor to help you manage your emotions. Therapists aren’t just for people who have mental health disorders. They also guide people through life situations that are overwhelming. You could use your therapy sessions as proof of your innocence as well. Undergoing a psychological evaluation could prove useful in court and could help weed out any false accusations.
Allegations of domestic violence are serious. New Hampshire may order a temporary restraining order but will still allow you a fair trial to prove your innocence. You may want to keep a journal of the distress that the false accusations put you through in addition to gathering evidence that proves your innocence.