There is no place for violence in any situation. When it comes to family law rules in Maryland, the law pulls no punches that children do not belong in settings in which violence takes place. When parents are divorced and there are accusations of abuse against one parent, the courts have to decide, based on evidence, who should have physical custody of the child based on the child's best interests -- the parent accused of abuse, the alleged parent who is the victim or both parents.
In any case, a judge will not grant custody to a parent he or she believes may harm a child. In instances of domestic violence, a judge will look at how the violence affected the child and whether the violence was actually directed to the child. The judge may also take into account whether charges were laid against the parent accused of violent behavior. He or she will want to see police reports and any evidence corroborating alleged violent actions.
Not only will custody be affected by violence, but visitation rights may be as well. A judge may also order a parent to attend anger management classes or to get some other form of therapy. In the event of extreme cases, a restraining order may be issued against the violent parent.
Family law in Maryland can be confusing and complex, especially when it comes to children. Parents who are looking for answers to often perplexing questions might find help in consultation with an attorney. A lawyer may be able to help his or her client to resolve issues out of court, but he or she would be on hand to represent a client in court as well.