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Chapter 10: Sexual Abuse Allegations in Divorce
Allegations of sexual abuse in divorce and custody/visitation disputes present serious challenges for all professionals involved and require extraordinary care to effect judicious intervention. A child-centered approach is particularly difficult to achieve in these cases. Unfortunately, the needs of children, the alleged victims, are often ignored or become secondary in the turmoil that surrounds allegations of abuse in divorce. This turmoil is in part a reflection of the emotionally fraught dynamics of divorce. They seem to fuel the intensity of behavior and responses of family members and others who are involved. Professionals often are drawn into this turmoil (Faller, 2000b).
When sexual abuse allegations are raised in divorce cases, accusations may be brought against fathers, stepfathers, mothers, ...