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Household violence and child custody

When child custody arrangements are made in Pennsylvania custody courts, the best interests of the child are always taken into account. Therefore, the judge will do what he or she can to ensure that the child in question will not be subject to violence or have to witness violence in the home while staying with either parent.

Therefore, if there have been any allegations of domestic abuse or another form of violence in relation to one of the parents, the courts will take this very seriously. They will conduct an investigation to determine how this allegation may have affected the child, and what future risk it poses. If you are a parent who is worried about the other custodian's ability to keep your child safe, it is important to consider child custody modification, especially if there have been allegations of domestic violence.

What is a child custody modification?

A child custody modification is the process of changing the terms of a child custody arrangement based on changing circumstances. For example, if you are a single parent and you are worried because the other parent's new partner has domestic violence charges, you may want to bring up the situation with the court so that they can evaluate it fully and make sure that the child will never be in danger. You can also inform the court of any other red flags you have been made aware of, such as things your child has said to you about the way he or she has been treated.

If you are concerned about the welfare of your child in Pennsylvania, you should take swift action to secure his or her safety.

Source: Very Well Family, "Domestic Violence in Child Custody Cases," accessed May 25, 2018

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