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Jonathan Merel

Domestic Violence in Child Custody and Visitation Cases

Domestic violence is a very serious problem in our society. It impacts thousands of families nationwide. These days, it is nearly impossible to check the news without confronting a story which includes domestic violence.  We come across the issue locally and nationally, making it apparent that domestic violence is very prevalent in our society.  In child custody casesCook County Court judges will strongly consider allegations of domestic violence in making their deterinations as to custody and/or visitation.

Domestic violence occurs in many forms. The most common form is physical violence committed by the abuser against the victim (typically a family member), but domestic violence can also include sexual, verbal and/or emotional abuse. Each is different but they all have lasting effects on the victim(s) and certainly will have a large impact in the courtroom as well.

If one parent involved a child custody case has a history of committing domestic violence, a Cook County Court judge will strongly consider this fact in making a child custody determination. Keep in mind that every situation is different, but the severity and frequency of the domestic violence committed will always impact the aggressor’s chances at obtaining custody or the frequency in which they will be able to enjoy visitation with their child.  If the well-being of a child is seriously endangered by the actions of one parent, the court will order that parent’s visitation privileges to be supervised.

Cook County Court judges are typically very experienced in dealing with domestic violence issues in child custody and visitation cases.  An experienced family lawyer will also confront the issue of domestic violence with great frequency.  If the issue of domestic violence exists in your case, it is imperative that you retain an attorney who knows how to address the issue in court,  obtain the appropriate relief for the victim, and act with the best interests of his client and the children in mind.

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