How Domestic Violence Affects Child Custody Rights

Allegations of domestic violence and spousal abuse can have an effect on your child custody rights during divorce and after. Lawyer Lisa Stern in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, represents parents who are accused of domestic violence, as well as parents who are seeking child custody based on issues of abuse.

Domestic violence is one of the factors courts will consider in determining whether a parent should have custody of his or her children. A parent can lose child custody:

  • If he or she uses violence against children
  • If he or she uses violence against the other parent in front of the children

Corporal punishment can also be an issue in a child custody dispute. How a parent punishes a child may always be discussed in child custody cases. Michigan courts frown on physical punishment of children.

Verbal abuse of a spouse can hurt your child custody case, but it is not as convincing to a court as physical abuse in making a child custody decision.

What if I Am Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence?

If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence and your spouse has obtained a protection order against you, it's important to contact a competent criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A protection order can have a devastating effect on your reputation, your employment and your child custody rights.

Domestic Violence and Child Custody Changes

Domestic violence can be a factor in changing child custody after divorce. As an example: if a mom's new boyfriend slaps her in front of the children, the father can file a motion to change child custody. The mom may have to decide between keeping the abusive boyfriend and keeping the kids.

Contact Attorney Lisa D. Stern

For a confidential initial consultation with Michigan domestic violence lawyer Lisa D. Stern, call 800-550-3717 or complete our online contact form. You can discuss issues of domestic violence with utmost candor and confidentiality.