How a History of Domestic Violence Impacts Child Custody
So, in my last video, we talked generally about how criminal history might affect custody litigation and now I want to move into more specific crimes that are going to be a more serious problem and what you can do about it. My name is Brian L. Jackson. I’m an Oklahoma father’s rights lawyer here with Dads.Law, where fathers are not disposable, and I want to talk about, to start with, let’s talk about if you have a history of domestic violence criminal charges, either you pled guilty to it or you took a conviction.
As a preliminary matter, if you are presently on probation, be prepared for the fact that the court’s going to take serious consideration of whether or not to give you anything better than supervised visitation. That’s an unfortunate fact of life. But let’s say that it’s further in the past. One of the things you want to look at is you want to show the court evidence you successfully completed your probation, if you were on probation, or that if you were incarcerated, you took steps while incarcerated, if possible, to seek out treatment for domestic violence, that you did something about it when you got out in any event, or you were continuing to do something about it after getting off probation, like, for example, you got yourself into counseling or whatever. Those are things that will help you.
If you can show a good record of, look, I know I screwed up, and these are the things I did, that’s going to make a difference. That might mean you get yourself into counseling. It might mean you get yourself into substance abuse treatment, if it was related to substance abuse. Obviously, it’s going to be specific to your particular circumstances. But being able to show that you reformed yourself is the key thing with that, and that you’re not violent now, that you have stability and you’re not violent, because that’s going to be what will rebut the presumption that works against you under Title 43.
Seeking Good Legal Advice
If you have that kind of history, you do need good legal advice. One place you can find a good Tulsa child custody attorney is at Dads.Law, where fathers are not disposable. Our experienced lawyers can help guide you through the complexities of child custody battles and provide you with the support you need. Don’t hesitate to reach out and schedule a free consultation with us today.