March 15, 2023, In Divorce
At WHITMARSH FAMILY LAW, PC, our Los Angeles family law attorney knows research has found that in families where domestic violence occurs, child abuse is often present. This abuse can occur in multiple ways, including physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual, and can include direct abuse, witnessing, or overhearing the abuse of another person.
Domestic violence or abuse in any home significantly disrupts everyone’s lives who reside there, and their ability to live in a positive environment. This is especially true for children and continues long after a divorce is finalized, and the abusive party is out of their lives.
Although removing the children from these dangerous circumstances is the first step in improving their futures, the impact, and changes to the children’s lives because of domestic abuse are long-term.
How Does Domestic Violence Affect Children’s Futures?
Children who witness domestic violence or are subjected to abuse are at higher risk for behavior, development, academic, and future health problems.
That may include, but is not limited to:
- Alcohol and/or Drug Abuse.
- Heart Disease.
- Mental Health Conditions, including Depression, Anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
- Poor Self-Esteem.
- Smoking Habits.
- Respiratory Disease.
Children exposed to violence are more likely to have difficulty in school, act aggressively, or engage in criminal behavior as adults. The good news is, as a parent, you can help change the trajectory of your kids’ futures.
Research also shows that disrupting episodes of domestic violence is associated with positive outcomes for children and that interventions to improve parent-child relationships can decrease the harmful effects and improve the children’s development.
If you are divorcing an abusive spouse in California, our skilled Los Angeles County can help you understand how domestic violence will impact the court’s child custody decisions, and how we can help you pursue the best outcome available for your unique circumstances.
Are You Seeking a Divorce Due to Domestic Violence Circumstances in Your Home?
If you have questions about how your divorce will unfold with domestic violence weighing heavily on your family’s future, contact our skilled family law attorneys in Los Angeles County at WHITMARSH FAMILY LAW, PC by calling (310) 552-3505 to schedule a free consultation today. We can help provide solutions that produce results.