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December 3, 2020

If the abusive parent committed domestic violence or a sex offense, can the abusive parent get decision-making powers?

If the judge believes that the abusive parent has done any of the following, the abusive parent cannot get mutual decision-making rights. The judge must believe that the abusive parent:

  1. committed physical abuse, sexual abuse, or a pattern of emotional abuse against any child;
  2. has a history of committing acts of domestic violence (as defined by law) against anyone; or
  3. committed an assault or sexual assault (against anyone) that caused:

1 R.C.W. § 26.09.191(1)