Conflicts between intimate partners can escalate quickly. Domestic violence can take many forms, including physical assault, verbal harassment, stalking, and other behaviors that make someone else feel unsafe. Incidents or patterns of domestic violence can significantly impact a person’s child custody, visitation, or parental rights. If you are currently struggling with a domestic violence matter, working with an experienced and compassionate family law attorney can ensure that you receive the protections you need to move forward with your life.
If it’s determined that a parent has exhibited behaviors of domestic violence, the court will likely presume that the other parent should be awarded custody of the child. As the court is interested in protecting the best interests of the child, it will seek to place the child in the safest environment. If a parent who has visitation rights is found to have committed acts of domestic violence, the court may intervene and suspend these visitation rights, or require that the visitations be supervised at all times. In severe cases of domestic violence, the court may terminate a perpetrator’s parental rights altogether out of concern for the child’s safety.
At the Law Offices of Rusty Williard, we recognize that every family’s situation is unique. Domestic disputes are complex and emotionally challenging, and we are compassion and respect you need during these difficult times. Whether you are seeking to protect yourself and your child from an abusive partner, or you fear that your parental rights are in jeopardy, we will work with you to understand your situation so that we can develop an effective legal strategy for moving forward. Contact us today to get started.