This post serves to conclude and recap my series on the handling of Melbourne, Florida child custody cases which involve domestic violence. I decided to write on this topic due to the fact that many parents are unsure of how to proceed in such cases or as to how violence will impact a Court’s rulings. The goal of this series has been to provide information which will help people to better understand their situation and to assist them in making an informed decision when selecting a child custody attorney. If you find yourself in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I have addressed multiple topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have analyzed include:
- How domestic violence impacts a child custody ruling
- Why parents must immediately report domestic violence
- Defending one’s self from false domestic violence allegations
There are several reasons why a parent should understand these topics. First, a finding of violence can lead a Court to presuming that the offending parent should not have joint custody of a child. While this presumption can be overcome, it can be difficult to do so. Second, parents who wait to report acts of violence increase the chances that law enforcement and the police may not find their claims to be credible. This is just one reason why law enforcement should be immediately contacted after an incident has occurred. Third, and unfortunately, false claims of violence are sometimes made in child custody disputes by a parent who is trying to gain an unfair advantage. It is crucial that one retain counsel as soon as possible.
One point I cannot stress enough is that one should immediately speak with a family law attorney if they are involved in any child custody dispute. This is especially true in matters where there has been physical violence. In such a situation the Court’s main concern will always be the best interests of the child or children. A Judge will wish to ensure that the child is in a safe environment. If you find yourself in such a situation then contact my Melbourne office today. My office also services clients in the Brevard County cities of Titusville, Cocoa, Palm Bay, Grant, Valkaria, and Rockledge, as well as in the Indian River County areas of Fellsmere, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Indian River Shores, and Orchid.