How Do Child Abuse Allegations Affect the Divorce Process?
Child abuse allegations play a very large role in the divorce process in New Jersey, as it mainly affects the custody of the child. When going through a divorce, the judge will look at many factors to decide on who gets custody of the child. If there are abuse and neglect allegations made which are supported by signs of physical trauma, psychological problems, and more, then the custody of the child will be a disputed issue in the divorce. Since custody affects parenting time and child support, it is clear to see how these child abuse allegations get in the way of the divorce process.
It should come as no surprise that the court wants to do what’s best for the child and their safety. Now, this doesn’t mean the abusive parent will never see their child again, but it does mean that he or she may have limited time to spend with their child, all while being supervised. The court may also require that the abusive parent and child spend time together in public places. On top of that, abusive parents may be ordered to counseling or mental health services, and must complete them before spending time with their child. Usually, the court tries to allow limited visitation so that the abusive parent stays motivated to better themselves.
When discussing custody, parenting time, and child support, child abuse allegations come into pay, and affect the outcome of each. These allegations will undoubtedly complicate a divorce, and reaching out to an experienced attorney would be a smart move. In this situation, our attorneys will help you understand your rights, as well as help you reach a custody agreement that is in the best interest of both your child. On top of that, if the court orders you to do certain activities so that you can have visitations, our experienced and knowledgeable DYFS attorneys will be there to ensure that those orders are reasonable.
If you are going through a situation very similar to this, reach out to our team of tough, smart and dedicated NJ DYFS attorneys. Be sure to call our 24/7 toll free hotline at 1-855-9JEFLAW (1-855-953-3529), and we’ll be more than happy to help!