The paramount consideration when considering a change of custody is the child's best interest. He needs a family law attorney who can help him show that whatever occurred in the past, the circumstances have so substantially and materially change that a change of custody is in the daughter's best interest. Family courts are courts of equity, so they have a fair amount of latitude when making decisions. The court will weigh his past history of violence with the "inappropriate things" the daughter is now exposed to. How long ago did the violence happen? Has he completed an anger management program? Are the "inappropriate things" drugs use in front of the child, violence, sex...or did the daughter just catch a glimpse of an inappropriate tv show in one, isolated occurrence at her mother's house? etc....
Please be advised that this comment should in no way be interpreted as legal advice, nor should one rely on this comment in making a final decision about his or her case. Each case is fact specific and peculiar in its own way. Thus, you should consult with an attorney in-person or over the phone, explaining your particular situation, so that the attorney can render fully effective and competent assistance tailored to your particular situation.
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