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Can domestic violence allegations affect a parenting plan?

When parents separate, a variety of legal matters may arise, such as child support and property division. However, parenting plans and custody decisions can be especially emotional and often have a significant impact on children as well as their parents in Lee County, and the entire state of Florida. If you are a victim of domestic violence, or have been falsely accused of domestic violence, it is important to realize how domestic violence accusations could have an impact on you and your child.

According to the Florida Legislature, courts take many factors into account when changing or establishing a parenting plan, including proof of domestic violence. If the court believes that a parent has abandoned, physically or sexually abused or neglected a child, they will take these issues into consideration when working toward an outcome that serves a child's best interests.

If you are facing domestic violence accusations, the court may find that the claims of abuse are detrimental to your child and they could affect your ability to spend time with your child in the future. On the other hand, if you or your child are a victim of domestic violence, you may be able to protect your child and yourself from additional abuse by taking the proper approach. Regardless of the details surrounding your set of circumstances, it is vital to carefully assess your situation and stay focused on securing a healthy outcome for your child.

This post was written to provide insight on domestic violence and parenting plans and should not be construed as legal advice.

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