As you go through child custody proceedings in court, the courts will take allegations of domestic violence extremely seriously.
The court will not just take you at your word that domestic violence occurred. Judges will need to review evidence, and will consider issues such as:
Courts will carefully review all available evidence determining if/how the alleged abuse will affect custody arrangements. They need to be convinced by the available evidence if they are to do anything to restrict the custody or visitation rights of the offending spouse. Remember: it is the general belief of courts that children are better off having a strong relationship with both parents, unless it places them in unsafe circumstances.
Depending on their findings, the court may choose to take any of the following steps:
To learn more about the impact of domestic violence on child custody, contact an experienced Minnesota family lawyer at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.
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