Making false accusations in an attempt to bolster your legal position, or to destroy your partner's rights, can easily backfire on you. For example, in particularly vicious divorce situations, parents sometimes make allegations of child abuse that are completely unsubstantiated and untrue. People who do this do not seem to realize that the courts are not ignorant...that the law is not dumb. In circumstances of this sort, a judge may order a court-appointed evaluation of both parents. Frequently, an independent evaluator will discover that the accusing parent's continuous and inappropriate questioning of a child about the spouse's allegedly abusive behavior is damaging. In this instance, it is not unusual for the court to award, or to reverse, custody to the other parent. In addition, the parent who made the false allegations sometimes ends up being subject to supervised visitation only.