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Domestic Violence Involving Children


Utah courts generally favor both parents having as much contact with children after divorce as possible. An exception is in cases of domestic violence. If a parent is accused of violence against children or against the spouse in front of the children, the courts may award sole custody to the other parent. In some situations, the accused parent may be allowed only supervised visitation.

At Stavros Law, our family law attorneys take issues of a child's safety very seriously. We also know the devastating effect false allegations or past allegations of domestic violence can have against a parent. We represent parents who are seeking to protect their children from an abusive spouse, as well as parents who feel they have been accused of domestic violence. 

Utah courts base child custody decisions on a determination of what is in the best interests of the children. In determining the best interests of the children, the court may consider any history of or potential for child abuse, spousal abuse or kidnapping.  If you are a parent who is afraid of losing custody of children due to a past allegation of domestic violence, it's important to seek a lawyer's help. It may be possible to rebut the presumption that you should not have joint custody of children.

Our lawyers also represent parents in cases where the Utah Department of Child and Family Services is seeking to terminate a parent's rights due to neglect or abuse. We can aggressively assert your rights and defending against such proceedings.

Where allegations of domestic violence are at issue, it is very critical to act quickly and engage counsel to assist you to assert your rights. Failure to do so can have serious consequences.

To schedule a free initial telephone consultation concerning domestic violence involving children, please call (801) 758-7604 or contact us online.

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