Domestic Violence and Child Custody

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The Impact of a Terrible Crime

In California, child custody cases can be greatly impacted by accusations of domestic violence. If one parent is accused of domestic violence, the other parent may be awarded sole or primary custody of the child. Knowing how domestic violence can affect child custody cases and what you can do if you face accusations of domestic violence is important. In this blog, we will discuss child custody and domestic violence in California.

Losing the Opportunity for Custody and Visitation

Domestic violence is a despicable crime that pervades our society. When accusations of domestic violence arise in child custody cases, the courts take them very seriously. In California, accusations of domestic violence can negatively impact child custody and visitation.

California courts rule based on the best interests of the child, and domestic violence is considered a factor in child custody determinations. The California Family Code states that domestic violence is a factor to be considered when making child custody and visitation decisions. Courts can consider allegations of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse when making child custody and visitation decisions.

If you are accused of domestic violence against your spouse or your child, you may lose the opportunity for custody or visitation with your child. You may be ordered to attend counseling or anger management classes. You may also be required to stay away from your child's school or daycare. If the allegations against you are proven true, you could lose your parental rights altogether.

Having an Attorney By Your Side

If you are facing allegations of domestic violence, it is important to seek legal help immediately. An experienced family law attorney can help you navigate the complex legal process and protect your rights. With the right attorney by your side, you can fight for the best possible outcome in your child custody case.


Whether your child is experiencing domestic violence and needs freedom or you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, the team at TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP can help you navigate the complexities of a child custody case. Learn more about how we can help or schedule a consultation by calling (310) 455-8364 or by visiting our website.

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