Domestic Violence and its Impact on Child Custody and Visitation Rights

Learn about the impact of domestic violence on child custody and visitation rights, and what resources are available for parents and children.

Domestic violence is a serious issue that can have a significant impact on child custody and visitation rights. This article will delve into the impact of domestic violence on child custody, visitation, and available resources.

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, domestic violence can impact child custody and visitation in several ways. When settling child custody and visitation, courts may consider domestic violence allegations. They will evaluate if the perpetrator can provide a safe child environment. If domestic violence history exists, the court might grant sole custody to the non-abusive parent or mandate supervised visitation.

The American Bar Association states that cases involving domestic violence need comprehensive parenting plans. These plans should prioritize the child’s safety and well-being. Developing such a plan may require a mediator or parenting coordinator’s assistance. The plan should address the child’s emotional needs and ensure their safety.

The American Psychological Association emphasizes the importance of addressing domestic violence in child custody and visitation cases. Children who witness domestic violence may experience negative psychological effects, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

In Florida, domestic violence can impact child custody and visitation in several ways. Florida law states that a domestic violence conviction against a parent creates a rebuttable presumption. It suggests that shared parental responsibility or child contact might not be in the child’s best interests. In addition, Florida law allows for protective orders to be issued to protect victims of domestic violence.


Domestic violence can have a significant impact on child custody and visitation rights. It’s important for parents and children affected by domestic violence to seek resources and support, such as working with a mediator or parenting coordinator, seeking protective orders, and prioritizing the child’s safety and well-being.

More Information:

National Hotline for Domestic Violence: 800-799-7233

For Miami-Dade, Florida Domestic Violence Victim & Related Services:

24 Hour Florida Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-500-1119; TTY: 1-800-621-4202
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233); TTY: 1-800-787-3224
Florida Department of Children & Families: 1-800-96-ABUSE (22873),

 DV Shelters:

Victim Response Inc/The Lodge (305) 693-1170,
North Dade Victim Center (Safespace Shelter North) (305) 758-2546
South Dade Victim Center (Safespace Shelter South) (305) 247-4249
Coordinated Victims Assistance Center (CVAC): 2400 S. Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33133; (305) 285-5900
Survivor’s Pathway: 1801 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145; (786) 275-4364

Clerk of Courts (DV Division)

Lawson E. Thomas Court House Center (main / downtown courthouse): 175 NW 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33128 (mezzanine / M floor): (305) 349-5813
Hialeah Courthouse: (305) 520-4002
South Dade Government Center: (305) 252-5807
North Dade Justice Center: (305) 354-8736
Joseph Caleb Center: (305) 636-2415

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