Courts will consider a history of domestic violence when deciding custody and visitation.
Domestic violence can contribute to significant difficulties in communication between parents and raise safety issues for either a parent, the child, or both. These factors can negatively impact the child. For instance, a court would not want a child in a situation where they may witness domestic violence or be at risk of child abuse.
However, the court may offer additional solutions that ensure the child’s safety and allow the person to see them. For example, a judge may order supervised visits or request the person attend therapy.