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April 1, 2022

Can an abusive parent get custody or visitation?

Yes, it is possible that a parent who committed violence will get visitation. An isolated act of violence does not automatically take away a parent’s right to visitation. Often whether a parent who has committed violence will get visitation depends on how severe the violence was and whether it was directed toward you or your child. A judge will generally only deny a parent visitation if s/he feels it is in the best interest of your child. In some cases, a judge may give a parent the right to supervised visitation- where the parent and child can spend time together with another person present.1

1 See N.J. Stat. §9:2-4(c)

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