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Legal Momentum: Domestic Violence and Child Custody Legal Resource Kit
Legal Momentum, 05/26/

Domestic violence may arise as an issue in court cases addressing a range of issues. For example:

An abused woman seeks child support or an order of protection during a divorce
An abused women seeks a restraining order because of harassment at her job, her child’s school, her home, or the home of a relative
An abuser seeks changes in custody or visitation
An abused person seeks supervised or limited visitation of the abuser
The court seeks to terminate the parental rights of the abused, the abuser, or both due to alleged physical
abuse of the children
The court seeks to terminate the parental rights of the abused, the abuser, or both due to alleged failure to protect the children from abuse
An abused person seeks money damages for physical and mental injury from abuse. (more)

Managing Your Divorce: a Guide For Battered Women
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, 05/26/

Battered women have spoken repeatedly about the loss of custody as the greatest threat in their lives, saying that it is more painful than the physical violence they have suffered. This booklet is intended to be used by battered women who are representing themselves, without an attorney, in court cases involving child custody. (more)

Custody Cases: Protecting Children From Child Abuse
Arlaine Rockey, Attorney At Law, 05/26/

I tell my clients that they cannot afford to risk more problems by being an activist to change the world during their custody cases. After the case is over, there will be plenty of time to do the important work of organizing coalitions, seeking publicity about damaging judges and unjust outcomes, and trying to change the law and the reality. Right now, while seeking a support group is a good idea, they, and you, need to focus on what you can do to maximize the chances for success in your custody case. (more)

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