In light of increased awareness on domestic violence, recent changes in the law have changed the way domestic abuse affects custody and divorce outcomes.

“Allegations of domestic violence or abuse that arise as part of divorce and separation proceedings are all too common across the country. In some cases, these allegations are backed by facts or evidence, and family courts should consider them when making important custody and support decisions,” says Jeffery Leving of “But in many cases one party—usually the one who is feeling most vindictive or who has tried to turn the children against the other parent–makes completely false and unsubstantiated claims of abuse as a way to “game the system.” The goal is to better her (or his) chances of getting the desired outcome, which is typically to get 100% physical and legal custody and keep the children from the other parent.”

Spousal and child abuse can cause lasting negative effects that the court must consider in its decisions.

Samantha Gluck of says, “The long-term effects of domestic violence are far reaching and often devastating for victims – most often women and children. Women and children, who live in an environment where domestic violence commonly occurs, face increased risks because of the tumultuous atmosphere in their lives. Women may develop an impaired ability to nurture their children and contribute to their positive development. Children, whether victims themselves or just witnesses, may withdraw from their parental relationship, suffer seriously delayed or distorted development, and emotional problems.”

Domestic violence is a delicate and serious matter. The lawyers at Ellender Law Firm can assist, in a caring and thoughtful way, to make sure to help get you the justice you seek. Their preparedness, urgency and knowledge will hastily get you through the process so you and your loved ones can get closure.