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Can an Act of Domestic Violence Impact Child Custody?

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Few things are worse than having to fight over child custody. Unfortunately, this fight can be made even more agonizing when an act or acts of domestic violence are involved. If you are looking to get custody of your child and your ex recently exposed him or her to an act of domestic violence, our legal team is here to help. Please continue reading and reach out to a dedicated Somerset County child custody attorney from Siragusa Law Firm to learn more about how we can help. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What constitutes domestic violence?

Domestic violence can come in a variety of forms, including sexual, emotional, and physical abuse. Unfortunately, all of these are traumatic and can impact everyone involved or who witnesses it. Domestic violence can occur between all races, genders, and people of all types of sexual orientations.

How do domestic violence charges impact custody?

If your child’s other parent has been charged with domestic violence in the past, this will have a large impact on your custody agreements. This is because a New Jersey judge is working hard to do what is in your child’s best interest, and being in danger or a victim of any sort of abuse is not in his or her best interest. As a result, a parent who has been charged with domestic violence will likely not be awarded custody. However, this parent may still have visitation rights and may be able to maintain a relationship with the child.

If you have questions or concerns about how domestic violence impacts child custody in New Jersey, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your case with a skilled family law attorney. We believe that you deserve a safe and worry-free life. We will do everything we can to ensure you and your child are protected.

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