All relationships have their difficult moments. But sometimes tempers can get out of hand, and an argument can escalate past the yelling and screaming stage. And if you and your significant other should ever become involved in a physical altercation, it is possible that you could end up facing domestic violence charges.

Domestic abuse allegations are extremely serious. Not only could your reputation be severely damaged, but if convicted you could end up being incarcerated. And if you are a parent, you could lose that which is irreplaceable; the ability to be with your child.

If you are arrested on domestic violence charges, it is possible that you may have to attend a hearing in family court. Judges in family courts base their child custody decisions on what they believe is in the child’s best interests. And if the judge determines that there is evidence demonstrating that you were responsible for acts of domestic violence, you could very easily be denied your custody or visitation rights.

Unfortunately, it is not unusual in divorce cases for an angry spouse to make false allegations of domestic abuse as an act of vindictiveness against the other parent. In such cases, the accuser is likely well aware of the impact such charges could have on the other parent’s bid for custody rights.

What this means is that if you are a parent who has been accused of domestic violence, it is imperative that you prepare an effective defense. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you in a number of ways. First, the attorney could investigate the alleged incident or incidents to determine just how legitimate the charge is.

The attorney can then represent your interests in court, where you may be able to have the charges dropped. Doing this may help you make your case in family court that you should be able to retain your parental rights.