While the stigma against child abuse is rightly founded, many of the accusations are not: an estimated 77% of allegations are determined to be unfounded, according to Child Forensic Studies expert Dean Tong. Still, such an accusation is sufficient to strip the father of all his custody rights, even if no evidence exists to substantiate the allegation. Due to the commonality of such claims, an acronym known as Sexual Allegations in Divorce (S.A.I.D.) is used to describe instances in which women make false accusations of sexual abuse against their husbands during a divorce trial. The number of S.A.I.D. allegations has risen from 7% to 30% since the 1980′s.
This actually happened to my brother; He was accused by his ex-wife of hitting her and his child. However, his ex-wife was forced to recant the testimony under oath. Despite that, the judge awarded custody to the ex-wife and ordered him to pay alimony/child support.