If you’ve been falsely accused of child abuse, there are a few things you should do right away.

What do you do if you’re accused of abusing a child?

If this is a result of a custody dispute, it’s worth trying to resolve the dispute out of court. The person making the allegation likely knows that the allegations are false, which is a crime in itself. Always try to resolve custody disputes in an amicable manner to avoid false allegations as a kind of revenge or punishment.

How can you avoid being accused of child abuse?

Another thing you can do to hopefully avoid these allegations is to always be in the presence of children when someone else is there to corroborate your story. For example, if you’re a coach, you should have an assistant who is always with you when working with the children.

Should you contact an attorney if you know the allegations against you are false?

If false allegations have been made against you, it’s a good idea to talk about them with your attorney right away. Even if you know that there is no evidence or that you have proof that the allegations are false, your attorney can help protect you and your reputation until the case is settled.

What should you do if your children are part of an allegation?

If false allegations have been made in a custody dispute, attempt to keep positive relationships with your children despite them. Your children aren’t responsible for the way an ex-spouse behaves, so it’s important not to penalize them.

Source: FindLaw, “Do’s and Don’ts: False Allegations of Child Abuse,” accessed Jan. 12, 2017