Children and Custody
Research confirms that child custody cases often move through court systems without regard for peoples’ real-life experiences of domestic violence, often resulting in parenting arrangements that can expose victimized parents and their children to further abuse.
Children and the non-abusive parent are impacted in many ways when a parent or guardian uses violence in the home. In child custody and parenting time determinations, most state courts must account for domestic violence; however, connecting domestic violence to parenting is often challenging for practitioners. Making the connection between intimate partner violence and parenting in child custody cases is critical for the safety and wellbeing of both the children and the non-abusive parent.
Most of these resources are provided by our National Legal Center on Children and Domestic Violence, which provides technical assistance and training on the intersections of family law, child support, and child welfare when there is domestic violence.
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Accounting for Abuse in Orders of Protection
This protection order guide is designed to help survivors, advocates, attorneys, and judges consider the range of behaviors the respondent has…CLASS: #Tools and Guides ,
SAFeR Approach to Decision Making in Domestic Related Child Custody Disputes
SAFeR can be used by anyone, including parties, in any family court proceeding. SAFeR consists of the following four parts:…CLASS: #Tools and Guides ,
Assessing Risk and Lethality for Parents and Children in Domestic Violence Cases
Published by: Rebecca Thomforde-Hauser and Janice M. Rosa Please join us for a webinar highlighting ways in which courts and…CLASS: #Webinar ,
Should She Stay or Should She Go: Helping Domestic Violence Survivors with Interstate Cases
Published by: Deborah Goelman, Esq. and Amie Lewis, MA This webinar on basic interstate custody issues will provide participants with…CLASS: #Webinar ,
Intimate Partner Violence Screening Guide
Published by: Gabrielle Davis This initial domestic abuse screening guide is designed to help you identify domestic abuse and coercive…CLASS: #Tools and Guides ,
Mapping Gender: Shedding Empirical Light on Family Courts’ Treatment of Cases Involving Abuse and Alienation
Published by: Joan S. Meier What is really happening in the nation's family courts? This webinar discusses a national empirical…CLASS: #Webinar ,