Friday, Sept. 15, noon - 1 p.m.
"Domestic Violence & Child Custody: What is the Best Interest of the Child?"
Free continuing legal education seminar.
In Global Rights for Women's work around the world we often hear that women are afraid to report domestic violence for fear of losing custody of their children. This fear is well-founded in the United States as well as other countries that we work in. This CLE seminar an important learning opportunity for law enforcement, judges and court personnel, child protection professionals, domestic violence advocates, family law attorneys and anyone interested in the intertwined nature of domestic violence and child custody.
According to the US Department of Justice, “Approximately one-third of alldomestic violence incidents involving women take place in homes with children under the age of 12. More than 15 million American children live in families in which domestic violence occurred at least once in the past year.” Our expert panel will explore the formidable issues that arise in the intersection of domestic violence and child custody, including the following topics.
• How domestic violence affects children
• Considerations in deciding temporary & long-term custody
• The joint custody presumption
• Friendly parent doctrine
• The Hague Convention double-bind