Parents may work through many difficult issues when they decide to divorce, such as child support, property division and other family law matters. However, custody can be particularly tough and some people may have an especially hard time dealing with child custody matters. For example, victims of domestic violence, as well as those accused of domestic violence (even if they are innocent), can face a number of challenges when it comes to a custody dispute. Moreover, drunk driving charges and other legal issues can impact a custody case also.
If you have been subjected to domestic violence, or your child has been abused by his or her other parent, you should do all you can to protect yourself and ensure that your child is safe. Sometimes, however, people are wrongly accused of family violence, which can prevent them from securing custody or visitation rights. For example, a former spouse may decide to falsely accuse their child's other parent of intimate partner violence in order to obtain a more favorable outcome with regard to a custody dispute.
Drunk driving charges can also impact a parent's ability to obtain a favorable outcome during a custody dispute. If you were recently charged with DUI, or your former partner has been accused of DUI, it is important to understand how this could affect the case and determine the best course of action. Our custody page goes over many more issues related to working through a dispute over child custody and other facets of this issue.