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Child custody and domestic violence myths may harm families

There are a few significant misconceptions that surround child custody and domestic violence cases in Georgia and across the United States. One prevalent myth is that a parent accused of domestic violence is automatically precluded from obtaining custody of a child.

Courts will generally focus on the children's best interests when it comes to issuing custody orders. This standard requires a judge to consider a number of factors. These include a consideration of which parent historically has been the primary caretaker as well as the physical, psychological, and emotional health of all parties.

If the abused spouse suffers from post-traumatic depression or a similar issue, a court conceivably could deem that person unsuitable for parenting. In such cases, a judge may grant primary custody to a family member or even the abusive parent. Such a scenario would be more likely if the physical abuse was aimed only at the parent and not the children.

Another ubiquitous myth is that abuse stops when parents separate. The reality is that abuse often continues, arguably in a more egregious form. When separation occurs, the abusive parent may start using the child as a tool to manipulate or control the other parent. No only is this abusive of the other parent, it abuses the child as well.

A family law lawyer may understand the tactics necessary to address a custody case that involves an abusive parent. An attorney may be able to help a parent fight for primary custody and even place a restraining order against the abusive partner.

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