Q: Family Violence hearing. What about our daughter?
I have a family violence hearing next week to extend a protective order against my daughters father. Is there any sort of arrangements that can come from this that would restrict our contact but allow him and our daughter to see one another. I hate to take her away from him, she adores him and he has never been abusive in any way TO HER. I’m so torn and so much in my mind already but it is hard to want to continue it if it hurts my daughter.
A: Yes, the court can order parenting time if you ask the judge to. You can ask that the court allow parenting time, but a 3rd party can pick up and drop off, or you can meet at a police station to ensure your safety.
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A: The good news is that many,many protective orders are negotiated out of court and an agreement is made that will satisfy your concerns. If the parties cannot come to an agreement, then the court will rule but the court would much rather have the parties solve their problems privately.
I would STRONGLY suggest you obtain a local family lawyer to assist you in negotiating the issues, as you may also want to negotiate some of the support obligations common when stakeholders share a child. You should never be under threat of violence and all parents should participate in raising a shared child absent other issues.
Spend the money and time NOW, as "fixing" the problem later gets more expensive.
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