Can a father be granted visitation rights with his child although he is emotionally and mentally abusive to the child?

Asked over 1 year ago - Falls Church, VA

Can a father be granted visitation rights with his child although he is emotionally and mentally abusive to the child?

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  1. Julia Jane Wills Ovando

    Contributor Level 11

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    Answered . I agree with Attorney Allen. Due to your concerns of abuse, you should consider asking the court to appoint a Guardian ad Litem to represent the interests of your child. While it may be hard for you to convince the judge of emotional and mental abuse, if the Guardian ad Litem investigates and in their neutral position find the abuse you have seen occurred or continues to occur, they are likely to recommend only supervised visitation, and possibly counseling to see if the father can correct his interactions for the well being of the child.

    Good luck!

    REMEMBER, my answer to your question is for general informational purposes, as I don't know all the facts and... more
  2. Victoria Lee Allen

    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . Yes. If it is truly an issue and it can be shown to a judge, that visitation may be limited to supervised only. It is very rare that a Court will deny all visitation.

    Please note that this response is based upon the limited information available in the question. In addition, it... more

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