Few things are more distressing than being subjected to acts of violence at the hands of a spouse or partner. However, those victims of domestic violence in New Jersey who also share a child with their abuser are facing an even greater challenge. Moving through a child custody case with an abusive partner can be a nightmare. It is critical that the victim is able to present his or her case clearly and without excessive displays of emotion.
Child custody cases are emotional by their very nature, which is why it can be so difficult to control one's emotions during court. However, an abusive partner is very likely to use that emotion to control the custody process, or to paint an inaccurate portrait of the victim. The only way to avoid such an outcome is to make every effort to reduce the role of emotion during the legal process.
This is far easier said than done. After all, it takes an enormous degree of effort to leave an abusive relationship. Having to face one's former partner in court is intimidating, to say the least. Factor in fears of losing access to one's child or children, and it can be difficult to hold it together during hearings or family evaluations.
Having a trusted child custody attorney can make a world of difference in these types of cases. A skilled New Jersey attorney can help his or her client find the services needed to reach and maintain emotional stability, both during and after the custody case. An attorney can also help to explain the process, and prepare clients for anything that might come up in court. Removing the mystery from the process can make custody battles far more manageable for victims of domestic violence.
Source: sentinel-standard.com, "Let's Talk About It: Child custody lawyer's advice to help moms succeed", March 4, 2017