The effects of domestic strife on California residents

Pierre Domercq Child Custody and Visitation

Common beliefs about domestic violence and child custody may result in emotionally scarred children and adults who are unable to move past their abuse. One common belief is that the person who was abused is given custody of his or her children. However, domestic violence victims may be experiencing both emotional and physical issues that make it difficult to care for their sons or daughters.
When determining child custody, the best interest of the child is the top priority, which means an abuse victim may be denied custody. Children may also be used as pawns in a marital battle between two parents after a divorce is settled. This may be done in an effort to control their partner or as a bargaining chip.
This may make it difficult for a child to truly escape the reach of an abusive parent. While children should never be around an abusive parent, children under the age of four should not be away from their primary caregivers overnight under any circumstances. This could erode that child’s sense of security or social development. However, any contact with an abusive parent or experiences with domestic violence or child custody disputes may lead to PTSD in children that could linger into adulthood.
Parents who are seeking sole custody of their children may wish to speak with an attorney who can attempt to establish that an individual is fit to raise a child and can provide financially and well as emotionally for a son or daughter. Even if a parent does win sole physical custody, the other parent may also be entitled to visitation or other forms of contact as deemed reasonable by a judge.