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Domestic violence and child custody

Sadly, domestic violence is an alarming problem for many families in Texas and across the United States. Often, a situation involving domestic violence sets the stage for legal proceedings that end up with parents separating and child custody becoming an issue.

Myths abound when it comes to domestic violence and child custody. A persistent misconception is that children will always be kept away from the abusive parent once the separation occurs. However, a number of studies reveal this is not the case.

For example, many abusive parents will try to use their children to prey on, manipulate, and control their spouses. This type of behavior constitutes emotional and psychological abuse of both the other parent and the child.

Another myth associated with domestic violence and child custody centers on the belief that the abused parent will have no problem obtaining custody. Courts across the United States generally make custody decision based on the best interests of the children involved. This standard obliges a court to weigh and balance a variety of factors.

A Harvard University study revealed cases in which a parent who abused the other parent actually received primary custody of a minor child. In such cases, the abused spouse was laboring under depression or a similar issue. Such conditions often arise from domestic abuse. It is possible for a court to deem an abused parent to be not in a position to provide appropriate care for a minor child.

The laws governing child custody, and parenting time or visitation, are complex. Associated court proceedings are often challenging. However, a child custody attorney may be able to help a parent who is going through such proceedings.

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