You may view your divorce as the end of your association with your ex-spouse, yet in reality, they may continue to remain a major part of your life (especially if you have children together). That can be particularly problematic, however, if there is a history of domestic violence between you. Concerns over the fear of continuing abuse are often echoed by those who come to see us here at Palange, Endres & Marks, P.C. While you can try to limit your contact with your abusive ex-spouse, fulfilling a child custody obligation might put you in situations where you are forced to again deal with them face-to-face.
Fortunately, the court realizes the inherent danger present in such encounters, and thus can take measures in order to avoid them. Per the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a child custody order granted in cases where domestic violence has been an issue can (and should) include details about the specific times and locations of custody exchanges. Such details can mitigate the risks that come with such encounters. The courts can also mandate that all custody exchanges be supervised. Such exchanges are often ordered to occur at visitation center, where staff is on hand specifically to ensure that the exchange with your ex-spouse goes smoothly.
The court may also demand that custody exchanges be done through a third party, thus eliminating the possibility of their even being a confrontation between you and your ex-spouse. Whatever custody exchange methods you prefer, it is vital that the guidelines governing them be included in your custody agreement. This provides you with actual legal support in cases where your ex-spouse refuses to conform to them.
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