Monthly Archives: April 2017

In a divorce or legal separation, custodial rights always come into the discussion. The fathers have for the most part, felt the law has favoured the mothers. A more unbiased perspective is seen now with about 50% of the time fathers seeking custody getting it. Involvement of the father in the child’s upbringing is as important as the mother’s.

While awarding custodial rights the child's best interest in kept in mind. There are more factors to consider than just visitation schedules. The legal custodian can take decisions about the child's medical care and education. Physical custody would be with the parent the child stays with. An agreement between the parents can be made and submitted to a court for approval. In cases where a parent refuses to honour the custody order, a local family lawyer should be consulted.

Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse and violence. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, ethnicity or economic status, though most of the victims are women.

Some victims do not realise they are in an abusive relationship until it is too late. An abuser could resort to threats, name calling, accusations, stalking, possessiveness and pressurising the victim. An abuser has only one thing in mind: control; and s/he can do that physically or psychologically. Psychological and emotional abuse are as traumatic as physical violence, and the scars of abuse remain for a lifetime.

The first step to combat an abusive relationship is to spot the signs. Opening up to a person you can trust be it a friend, a colleague, your doctor or at your community centre will ensure you get help. The victims of an abusive relationship are depressed, scared, and ashamed. They need support and help to get out of it.