Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Existence of Child Abuse Makes Child Custody Issues Harder to Decide

From CBS Denver:

Domestic violence survivors say their children are being put at risk by courts who don’t understand the impact of abuse on kids. They’re fighting for a bill that would change how child custody battles are decided. In many cases, courts award joint custody even when there is evidence of abuse.

Rep. Meg Froelich introduced a bill that would require training on an ongoing basis and make abuse the first consideration when awarding custody.

Those opposed to the bill argue just because someone is a bad spouse doesn’t make that person a bad parent. They insist kids need both parents and shared custody is what’s best for the kids.

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