Last updated August 2012
Domestic violence is an issue in establishing parenting time (also known as visitation) even when custody is not contested. Parenting time must be considered both when a victim who is a parent seeks a protective order and when the parents divorce. Courts may also modify parenting time schedules as children’s and families’ needs change over time. As with custody, the main consideration in deciding the time and circumstances for a child’s contact with a non-custodial parent should be the best interest of the child, with priority on the safety of the child and the abused parent.
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