Domestic violence allegations are taken quite seriously by Maryland family law courts and may seriously affect child custody and visitation decisions. At the start of the custody case, parents are required to inform the court if there are any domestic violence proceedings in progress in any other court, including in criminal court, whether there are any protective orders in force or being sought, and whether either parent is involved in the termination of parental rights involving another child.
If one parent claims that the other parent has committed domestic violence, the court will hold a hearing and determine if any such abuse has occurred before making a custody decision. If the court concludes that a spouse engaged in violence or abuse, it has the discretion to deny custody and visitation entirely, or order only supervised visitation if the court believes the child could be in danger.
At Walsh, Becker & Rice, we take any abuse or violence allegations seriously. We strive to protect our clients from all harm, including harm from abuse or violence or harm from false allegations against one spouse.
Contact us at one of our Maryland offices in Anne Arundel or Prince George’s County, Maryland. We serve all those in the counties of Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Charles, Montgomery, and Baltimore.