Allegations Can Ruin Lives
When a marriage falls apart, the entire family can feel the impact. In some cases, domestic violence allegations can arise during the divorce proceedings. These allegations can have a significant effect on child custody cases. If you are involved in a child custody case and are accused of domestic violence, it is important to understand how these allegations can impact your case.
How Violence Impacts Cases
Domestic violence is a serious issue that can have a lasting impact on child custody cases. Texas law defines domestic violence "an act by one family or household member against another that results in physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault." When domestic violence allegations are made in child custody cases, the courts will consider these allegations when making their decision.
The court will look at many factors when determining whether or not domestic violence has occurred. These factors include the severity of the abuse, the frequency of the abuse, whether or not there is a history of abuse, and whether or not the abuser has taken steps to seek help for the problem.
If the court finds the presence of domestic violence, it will significantly impact the outcome of a child custody case. The court may order the abusive parent to attend counseling or anger management classes. The court may also order the abusive parent to have limited contact with the child. The court may even award full custody of the child to the non-abusive parent.
Seek Legal Help Immediately
If you are involved in a child custody case and there are domestic violence allegations, it is important to seek legal help as quickly as possible. An experienced family law attorney can help you understand your rights and options under Texas law.
At Law Offices Of Mark M. Childress, our team understands just how much of an impact allegations of domestic violence can have on all areas of your life, including your relationship with your children. If you are falsely accused, we will defend your rights and your reputation as we work to achieve a favorable resolution.
Learn more about the role of domestic violence allegations in divorce or schedule a consultation by calling us at (817) 497-8148 or by visiting our website.