Albuquerque, NM- Actor Johnny Depp’s divorce just got even uglier now that his estranged wife Amber Heard accused him of spousal abuse. Depp’s friends and family and partner of 14-years Vanessa Paradis vehemently deny that the A-lister is abusive or violent. For the time being, we have no idea what the truth is, but divorce and resentment do give rise to false allegations spousal abuse, which is what our team of divorce lawyers in New Mexico will discuss here.
Heard, who filed for divorce last week, said that just days before filing that Depp hit her after during an argument, forcing her to file for a restraining order. She also alleges that the abuse occurred throughout the couple’s brief 15-month marriage, but that is an allegation Depp and those who know him well deny. Those on Depp’s side include his daughter with Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose, comedian Doug Stanhope and his first wife, Lorrie Anne Allison.
The New York Daily News reports that Heard didn’t give police a statement until she was forced to do so by Depp’s legal reps.
Again, we don’t know what happened between Depp and Heard, but we do know that spouses use abuse to get their way when their divorce doesn’t work out the way they think it should. They may accuse the other of abuse to get a favorable child custody arrangement.
Hard data on how often embittered spouses file false abuse allegations is hard to come by, but the problem is prevalent enough that it has spurred a movement of men’s rights advocates and created a niche market for divorce lawyers who specialize in men’s issues.
First, we want to emphasize that many women, and men, are abused by their spouses, and their claims are legitimate. Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects many people in Albuquerque. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 20 individuals in the U.S. are abused by an intimate partner every minute. That equates to almost ten million men and women a year, so domestic violence is a significant issue that can have deadly consequences.
If you have been falsely accused of spousal abuse in New Mexico, you need to retain a divorce lawyer in Albuquerque to protect your rights. A spouse doesn’t need to provide much evidence of abuse to have an impact on the outcome of your divorce. You need someone who has the skills to prove those allegations as false and ensure the false claims don’t affect the outcome of your divorce or child custody arrangement.
Not only are false allegations of abuse a disservice to an innocent person; they are detrimental to genuine victims of domestic violence. Making false allegations delegitimizes other claims and makes spousal abuse seem like a lesser problem than it is.
There are ways to defend yourself against false allegations of spousal abuse, so USAttorneys urges you to speak with a divorce lawyer in Albuquerque to be your defender. They will work hard to ensure your innocence is proven and your settlement is fair.