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Domestic violence and child custody

Domestic violence and child custody

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Family law challenges take on many forms and couples who have children often face a number of legal issues. Not only does child support often become tricky, but some may disagree on custody matters. For example, a couple may not want to split custody in a certain manner, or someone may feel that the other parent of their child should not be allowed to have any custody whatsoever. For example, someone who has witnessed or been subjected to domestic violence at the hands of their partner may be very worried about the outcome of a custody battle.

If you have dealt with domestic violence, it is crucial to protect yourself immediately. Sometimes, the divorce process can take a significant amount of time and you should do whatever you can to ensure that you and your kids are not subjected to any further mistreatment. Whether abuse is physical, sexual or verbal in nature, those who are guilty of domestic violence must be held fully accountable for their actions.

There are many factors that can influence the outcome of a dispute over child custody and occurrences of domestic violence is a major factor in custody decisions. You should not hesitate to bring abuse up in court and protect your loved ones from further harm, even if doing so causes you to be stressed out or even afraid about what will happen for standing up for yourself. On the other hand, it is also important to protect your rights if you have been falsely accused of domestic violence. Many parents have tried to throw their child’s other parent under the bus by falsely accusing them of abuse.