• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Child Custody and Domestic Violence: A Call for Safety and Accountability focuses on the complexity of the challenges facing judges, lawyers, legislators, and mental health professionals in developing safe and effective strategies for resolving custody disputes. Jaffe, Lemon, and Poisson integrate the most recent clinical and legal issues in the field in considering the prevalence of divorce and domestic violence as well as the relevance of domestic violence in custody disputes. The authors outline the essential differences between custody disputes with and without allegations and findings of domestic violence, and the different analysis and distinct interventions by judges, policymakers, and mental health professionals necessary in domestic violence cases.

Changing Legislation and Legal Practice to Recognize Domestic Violence in Child-Custody Proceedings
Changing legislation and legal practice to recognize domestic violence in child-custody proceedings

As stated in the first chapter, domestic violence does not end with the separation of the spouses. In fact, it may increase after separation, when the batterer realizes that he is losing control of his partner. Often the batterer uses the legal system to continue the abuse, fighting for sole or joint custody or extensive visitation in order to continue to control the former partner and the children. One California child-custody researcher found that her assistants could always identify which court files involved domestic violence; those files were significantly thicker than the nonabuse files, indicating that the parties had undergone much more ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles