It is not uncommon for a party to make a false accusation of domestic violence to gain an advantage in a divorce case. A Personal Protection Order (PPO) is often easier to obtain than to terminate and can have a disastrous impact on your child custody rights, even after your Judgment of custody or divorce. Allegations of domestic violence and spousal abuse can have a profound and long-term effect on your child custody rights during and after divorce. Domestic violence is one of the factors courts will consider in determining whether a parent should have custody of his or her children. Michigan courts do not favor corporal punishment of children; therefore, it can adversely affect a child custody dispute.
A parent can lose child custody:
- If he or she uses violence against children
- If he or she uses violence against the other parent in front of the children