Thursday, January 8, 2015

Abuse and Denial of Visitation

Yesterday, I discussed the Mississippi Court of Appeals opinion from Tuesday Strait v.Lorenz.   The opinion is located here.  There was one other interesting issue in the opinion.  If you believe abuse is going on, do you deny visitation?  In that case, the father had gotten an order of protection in another state but never applied for assistance in Mississippi.   The father was ultimately held in contempt for this.  The best course of action in these situations is to get court assistance immediately along with getting DHS involved if there is genuine proof of child abuse.  If you immediately seek assistance from the court with proper jurisdiction, the chances of a contempt finding go down dramatically. 

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