Domestic violence and child custody

finley5It 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
The foregoing is general information only and does not constitute legal advice regarding your specific legal matter nor does it create an attorney-client relationship regarding your matter.