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The Impact of Domestic Violence on Child Custody

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Domestic violence can impact all members of the family. Oftentimes, it can ultimately lead to a couple deciding to file for a divorce. Abuse is not taken lightly in these situations and can drastically change the outcome of a separation agreement. Perhaps the most important thing to consider during this time is the custody arrangement and what is best for the children.

Bush & Taylor, P.C. can help explain how domestic violence may impact child custody arrangements.

Supervised Visitation

Sometimes even though domestic violence has taken place in a relationship, visitation can still occur. In these instances, the court may choose to order supervised visitation. Depending on the circumstances of the case, supervised visitation could either be a permanent or temporary requirement. If the abuse was not directed toward the child, the parent might have the opportunity to demonstrate that they are capable of unsupervised visitation.

Terminating Parental Rights

In some situations, it is absolutely necessary to terminate parental rights entirely. This is a decision that cannot be changed or altered later on down the line. The termination of rights is typically reserved for situations where abuse and neglect are extreme. This includes situations such as:

  • Long-term abuse towards the child or children
  • Sexual abuse of any children
  • Murder or attempted murder toward any child residing in the home
  • Murder or attempted murder of the other parent
  • Felony assault that resulted in the harm of the child or other parent

Even if the parent attempts to redeem themselves from these behaviors, they cannot regain their parental rights once terminated.

Doing What is Best for The Children

In order to reach a decision that is in line with the best interests of the child, it is vital to work with experienced family law attorneys. The team at Bush & Taylor, P.C. can help determine the safest arrangement for the children, whether it is supervised visitation or terminating rights altogether.

Reach our office today at (757) 926-0078 to schedule a consultation.

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