Tampa, FL asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Florida

Q: What are some common things a judge will require a parent convicted of domestic violence to complete.

My son has a misdemeanor DV battery conviction (10/2018), and a violation of DV injunction conviction (6/2019) both against the mother of his 4 yr old son. He has not had any contact with his son in about 19 months due to this. I was doing some research & I see Florida has a “rebuttable presumption” against time sharing for a parent convicted of DV. He wants to start seeing his son again, but I’m wondering what type of programs/classes are usually ordered for DV parents to complete prior to a judge giving them timesharing with their children. That way he can at least get started on that stuff. (He was not married to their mother, she has not put him on child support, & he did about 4 months of jail time for the violation). He was on probation, but he violated it with the second charge so he never completed the batterers intervention program. He did complete a anger mgmt course while in jail.

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Jean Richardson
Jean Richardson
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A: If your son was ever on probation for any of the charges, he should have been ordered to complete a batterer's intervention class and anger management. If he has not completed any of those, he probably should. Also, he may want to consider completing a parenting class. Best of luck!

B. Elaine Jones agrees with this answer

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B. Elaine Jones
B. Elaine Jones
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A: I agree with Attorney Richardson. In addition to doing those things, he needs to file a Petition for Paternity to establish his legal right as the father. He should also go online to the Florida Putative Father Registry and register as the father. Finally, he should seek out the assistance of a family law attorney. With a family law attorney he will be able to navigate through all of the things he needs to do to get timesharing with his child. Most JUSTIA attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Call one of us and let us know you found us on JUSTIA. Good luck.

Sincerely,

B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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