Saturday, October 18, 2014

In New York there is a law punishing parents who fraudulently accuse the other parent of abuse of the child. What is the law?

Q:  I have read that there is a law in New York that punishes parents who knowingly and fraudulently accuse the other parent of abuse to get custody of the children. I would like to be able to read the law and, hopefully, contact the individual who authored the law. Can anyone cite the law for me and provide the name of the author of the law?

A:  David's Answer:  Yes, filing a false report of child abuse is a misdemeanor (NYS Penal Law Sec. 240.50(4)). Furthermore, if proven, it may also be a strong factor against awarding the false accuser custody. Schedule a consult with a NYC Child Custody attorney for a full assessment.  -- David Bliven, Bronx Child Custody attorney (

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