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Marshall Davis Brown Jr: Domestic Abuse in Texas and its Effects on Child Custody

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Domestic Abuse in Texas and its Effects on Child Custody

Lawyers like Marshall Davis Brown in TX have fought in cases of family law for years. It's always been an issue and, unfortunately, it probably always will be. Cases of family law are always complex, but even more so when domestic violence and children come into play. Because they're such sensitive issues, it can be difficult to gather up the courage to take the course in the first place, but if you find the right lawyer, you'll find that justice will be served.

The term "domestic violence" encompasses a vast range of situations and behaviors, always amongst residents of the same home, families, and people who share children. Physical abuse is most commonly attributed to the term, but it also includes (but isn't limited to): stalking, verbal harassment, sexual assault, intimidation, emotional abuse, and more.

A person who is charged with any count of domestic violence may be issued a restraining order – along with, of course, a number of different fines and potential jail time. But when children are involved, it also affects the custody of that child. A parent with a restraining order, he or she will be required to pay child support but not be granted any visitation rights. There are different extents and extremities of that punishment which is to be decided by the courts.

A restraining order isn't necessary to affect custody, however. Any charge of domestic violence will have an effect on visitation – it is likely that the time of visitation will be greatly reduced, and will probably need to be supervised.

If you or someone you know is in a case of domestic abuse, whether children are involved or not, don't be afraid to bring it in front of the courts. Safety and comfort comes first, and an abuser deserves the punishment that is coming for them. There are plenty of experienced lawyers in Texas that know the state doesn't take these cases lightly and who can get you or your loved one the deserved justice.


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