Divorce is rarely an easy endeavor. After all, the marriage dissolution process can reshape not only your day-to-day life and your financial position, but it can also affect the relationship you have with your children. This latter issue is the reason why child custody and visitation is often hotly contested in divorce proceedings. When the parties can't come to an agreement on custody and visitation, then a judge will need to decide what sort of arrangement best supports a child's best interests.
This leaves it to the parents to argue why their position is best for their children. Domestic violence, substance abuse and emotional manipulation are often brought to light in these cases, so it is wise for individuals to understand these issues and how they affect children so that strong legal arguments can be made about the impact of domestic violence on children.
Domestic violence can have a broad, deep and long-lasting impact on children. On a basic level, exposure to domestic violence can leave a child with a profound fear of abandonment, a significant sense of worry and considerable amount of sadness. These children also often experience guilt, emotional distancing, shame and poor judgment that can affect other aspects of their lives, such as school performance and social interactions. Children who are exposed to domestic violence can also become aggressive themselves, which can create a whole host of other problems.
No child should be subjected to a home environment that poses a threat to their well-being. Yet, far too often kids are placed in the middle of domestic issues that can have tremendous ramifications on their lives. By taking action through strong legal arguments in a child custody proceeding, parents can advocate to protect their children to the fullest of their abilities.