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Parenting time for parents who commit domestic violence

Parents in Georgia have a lot of influence on their children. That is why ensuring that the children are not endangered in a parent's care is so important. Children are like sponges in many respects, and how their parents treat them many times dictates how they will treat others as they grow older. It is also important that the children are not victims of and are not even exposed to domestic violence due to the impact it can have on children.

To help ensure that parents who have committed domestic abuse do not harm their children in any way, the parent will not receive any child custody rights or parenting time, unless certain safeguards are in place to ensure the safety of the children and the parent. In addition to ensuring that everyone will be safe, the judge must also determine that parenting time is in the best interest of the child as well.

These safeguards can be a number of different things. They include only allowing the parent supervised parenting time at an agency or by another person and requiring that the parent pay costs associated with the supervision; allowing exchanges only at secure locations; ordering the parent to complete a family violence intervention program; abstain from alcohol and drugs during and for 24 hours before visitation; not allowing the parent to have any overnight visits; order that the parent pay a bond to ensure they return the child and others.

Child custody in Georgia is a complicated matter whether there has been domestic violence in the family or not, but domestic violence definitely complicates matters. These determinations are made after analyzing a number of factors to determine what is in the best interests of the child. Experienced attorneys in Georgia understand these factors and how they apply to each unique family situation.

Source:, "Georgia Code Title 19. Domestic Relations § 19-9-7," accessed on June 26, 2017

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