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Child Abuse and Custody Proceedings

In Child Custody, Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

Courts in North Carolina take allegations of child abuse incredibly seriously, as they should. There are various ways that child abuse can impact custody proceedings. In fact, in any determination regarding the interest and welfare of a child, a court is required to consider “acts of domestic violence between the parties, the safety of the child, and the safety of either party from domestic violence by the other party.” Further, if a court finds that a parent has abused or neglected a child, that parent’s custody and visitation rights can be subject to limitation, restriction, or even termination. Mandatory Duty to Report Child Abuse You have a moral and legal obligation to report child abuse, especially when it is happening to your own child. The steps you take to stop …