If you are going through a divorce, it is possible that you have had some negative experiences with your spouse that has caused you to file for a divorce. Ideally, the children in the family should be protected from the tumultuous relationship, because it could cause them unnecessary concern and worry about their future. But sometimes, the way that a spouse has acted toward one of your children may be a contributing factor regarding filing for divorce in the first place.
If your divorcing spouse has been verbally abusive toward your children in the past or if these instances are continuing to occur, you will undoubtedly want to protect your child from this type of behavior. Many parents have the false belief that they are unable to do anything to protect their child because the abuse is not physical, or because the child in question is reaching their teenage years. However, this is simply not the case. Child custody courts will want to make sure that a child of any age is protected from abuse, whether it is physical or verbal.
How to protect your child from verbal abuse by the other parent
It is possible that you want to make sure that your child is protected from verbal abuse initiated by your divorcing spouse, but at the same time you appreciate the need for your child to bond with both of their parents. You may be able to advocate for visitation that will be able to safeguard the child from verbal abuse. For example, you may want to ensure that visitation is supervised, or that overnight stays are limited.
How can the child custody courts help me in protecting my child?
The child custody courts in Colorado have a policy that involves always seeking to act in the best interests of the child. This will mean that they will try to facilitate a relationship between the child and each of their parents, but they will seek to prevent the risk of any type of abuse.
Going through a divorce and settling child custody issues at the same time is difficult. It is important that you take the time to understand how the law works in Colorado so that you can successfully protect your child.