Legal help from the courts is often the only way to safeguard children caught in the middle of domestic violence in the home. The battered woman will seek separation or a divorce and ask the court for child custody and restrictions on supervised visitation rights for the abusive spouse. The battered woman has to prove to the court that she has the ability to take care of the child as a single parent. This is where child support comes into the picture.
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The court can help in this entire process in many ways as outlined below, with the aim of safeguarding the wellbeing and future of the child:
The first few points are applicable for the most common form of domestic violence. But sometimes the blame for domestic violence is mutual and child abuse can come from both parents or even from just the mother. In such cases, the court has to decide which parent is more suitable to take custody.
Sometimes, the court may decide the home is not a safe place for the child and order social services to take custody and place the child in a foster home. In this case, social services may seek to limit visitation rights or completely terminate parental rights of both parents.
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Did you know?
An abusive spouse can use Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) to prove they are not guilty of abuse.
PAS is where one parent is accused of systematically brainwashing the child into fearing or hating the other parent. Abusive spouses have successfully used PAS in court to refute charges of abuse.