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Domestic violence and child custody might intersect

Children sometimes witness domestic violence episodes between parents. In some cases, the children are involved. When accusations of domestic violence are made, criminal charges and impacts to a child custody case can occur.

It is imperative that parents who are accused of domestic violence and those who are the victims of this abuse understand what kind of impacts it can have on the children who are involved or witnesses. They should also understand how child custody issues might be affected.

Children can be impacted for a long time

Children are resilient, but this doesn't mean that they are going to overcome the effects of domestic violence quickly. It can often take considerable work to help a child to overcome the emotional and mental impacts of a domestic violence issue. Often, the effects of being a party in a domestic violence situation can lead children to grow up to be adults who have problems with addiction, heart disease or obesity. Even if the child is removed from the abusive parent, these impacts are likely going to be present.

Children might be pulled to the alleged abuser

Children often feel a strong bond with both parents, even when one is abusive. Many people think that a child wouldn't want to be around a parent who had violent tendencies. Whether a child wants to be around a parent or not isn't a good indication of whether abuse occurred. One thing that is often considered is Stockholm syndrome, which is a term for a specific type of bonding that children might have with an abusive parent. In some cases, the child is alienated by the allegedly abusive parent, which presents a serious problem for the non-abusive parent.

Children might end up losing the non-abusive parent

Dealing with domestic violence is difficult. Some parents might become depressed thinking about the abuse. This can lead to them having difficulties with the child custody process. Often, this can have a negative impact on child custody cases since the case might hinge on testimony from the alleged victim of the domestic abuse.

No matter which side of the case you are on, you should remember that the children have to come first. Every decision that is made has to be based on trying to protect the children and allow them the chance to grow up in a loving home. You should find out your options for trying to make this happen so that your children can enjoy the rest of their childhood.

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