Child custody is often one of the most complex aspects of a divorce. Things can become even more difficult when domestic violence is involved. Read on and reach out to our Union County child custody attorneys to learn more about how a history of domestic violence can impact a child custody arrangement in New Jersey.
What is domestic violence?
The first thing to know is that domestic violence does not just refer to physical violence. There are many types of domestic violence, including sexual, verbal, emotional, and financial violence. If you or your child is a victim of any type of domestic violence, it is important to contact your police department and your local family law court.
How do courts determine child custody and how can domestic violence impact it?
New Jersey courts take custody decisions very seriously and numerous factors go into making a custody decision. Some of these factors include the child’s age, his or her relationship with each parent, the parents’ ability to provide a stable home, the child’s preference if old enough to decide, a parent’s history of drug/alcohol abuse, and any history of domestic violence. Above all, the court is looking to do what is in the child’s best interest. It is also important to note that there are two main types of custody: legal custody and physical custody. In some cases, a parent may be awarded one but not the other, both, or neither.
What if a parent has a history of domestic violence?
If a parent has a history of domestic violence, the court will likely award full custody to the other parent. It is important to know that a history of domestic violence does not necessarily mean losing custody altogether. In some cases, a parent with a history of domestic violence may still be awarded visitation rights with the child.
If you believe your child is a victim of any sort of abuse, you know how important it is to act fast in order to safely remove your child from that situation. Our firm is here to help every step of the way. Contact us today to discuss your case. We are ready to advocate for you and your family.