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How Florida child custody courts view domestic abuse

by | Oct 24, 2018 | Family Law Appeals, Firm News |

If you are a parent in the state of Florida and you have suffered domestic abuse at the hands of the other parent of your child, it is likely that you will be concerned about custody arrangements. You may believe that your child is at risk when they visit their other parent, and for this reason, you may want to limit visitation.

If you are concerned about future child custody arrangements or if you want to modify the existing one, it is important that you take action and start to gain information about how decisions are made. Child custody courts in the state of Florida seek to facilitate the child’s relationship with both parents when it does not compromise the safety or well-being of the child in question.

How do Florida child custody courts assess a history of domestic violence?

If there has been a history of domestic violence in the household, the child custody courts will want to make sure that the child is not in any risk in the future. This will mean that they will consider details such as the severity and the frequency of the domestic violence, as well as whom the domestic violence was directed toward.

Other aspects that will affect the child custody arrangement will be whether there is a criminal case that is currently pending. If the child was witness to or was affected by any of the abusive behavior, this will also have an impact.

If you are concerned about the well-being of your child when they visit their other parent, there are many options available to you in order to keep them safe in the state of Florida.