Throughout New York, we have witnessed a dramatic rise in false allegations being used to gain leverage in family law matters. We call it the “False Allegations in Divorce Epidemic Syndrome” or “FADES.” People make these false accusations for all types of reasons, including to:
These accusations are not only reserved for men. We represent men and women from all walks of life who are facing Orders of Protection petitions, Department of Child Welfare or ACS investigations, and other legal obstacles because their spouse or partner is looking to gain leverage in a divorce or custody action by making false allegations of physical, sexual or emotional abuse against a partner, spouse or even their child.
We are quick to take action to protect your interests. We stress how important it is that our clients not speak to investigators or anyone else about these allegations outside our presence. We conduct an independent investigation, examine all of the evidence being used against you and make thorough challenges in whatever court necessary. We know that failing to do so can result in a chain reaction, where one professional relies on the (unreliable) opinion of another, which then becomes enshrined in the court record, like a snowball rolling down a hill. We seek to prevent this from happening at every single turn.
Knowingly reporting false allegations of child abuse, neglect or mistreatment is now a crime under New York State law. This change is intended to deter people from using the laws that were created to shield children from harm, as a sword against a loving parent and other family members. Unfortunately, the false allegations are most prevalent in the context of a child custody battle. Our attorneys know how to prove the disingenuousness of these claims and use these specious allegations against the accuser.