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Rate of Domestic Violence In Contested Custody Cases
Among custody litigants referred to mediation, “physical aggression had occurred between 75% and 70% of the parents . . . even though the couples had been separated. . . for an average of 30-42 months”. Furthermore, in 35% of the first sample and 48% of the second, the violence was denoted as severe and involved battering and threatening to use or using a weapon." (more)

Rates At Which Batterers Receive Custody
Contrary to the conventional wisdom that women are favored in custody litigation, both the experiences of battered women and the empirical research are showing that women who allege abuse are deeply disfavored in custody courts. (more)

10 Custody Myths and How To Counter Them
American Bar Association, 07/01/

Any attorney who represents clients in custody matters will recognize at least some of the following unfounded clichés about domestic abuse and custody. Here are some resources that the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence provides for practitioners to use when representing victims of domestic violence. (more)

The Myth of Epidemic False Allegations of Sexual Abuse In Divorce Cases
Court Review, 05/26/

It is commonly believed that false allegations of sexual abuse in the context of divorce are epidemic, that most allegations made in the context of divorce are made by vindictive mothers and that these allegations are almost always false. These beliefs are not supported by scientific evidence. (more)

Myths That Place Children At Risk During Custody Litigation
The Leadership Council, 01/01/

Determining which parent should have primary custody when parents cannot agree is not easy. Custody evaluators often have little training in recognizing and responding to child abuse and domestic violence. Accordingly, those familiar with current practices have found that too often custody decisions are based on myth, misinterpretation of facts, and evaluator bias. The following are an overview of some of the erroneous beliefs that contribute to the problem of children not being protected from abuse in family court. (more)

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