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Sanctions upheld in two cases with false abuse claims (access required)

The Court of Appeals tackled the issue of unsubstantiated claims of sexual abuse in the context of child-custody cases in two March 1 opinions - and upheld sanctions in both disputes. In one case, Lamm v. Lamm, the court sanctioned Pamela R. Lamm after she filed an emergency motion alleging that her son would be "exposed to a substantial risk of bodily injury or sexual abuse" if an immediate order curtailing Kenneth R. Lamm's visitation was not issued. Manteo attorney W. Mark Spence, who represented Mr. Lamm, said the timing of the motion contributed to the court's finding that it had been brought for an improper purpose.

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