November 16, 2017

Child Safety in Parental Visitation Cases


RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association Encourages:

1. States, territories, and local governments to enact legislation requiring courts to consider the safety risks to victims of domestic violence and their children when drafting orders containing visitation and visitation exchange provisions;

2. Courts to provide or identify and make use of locations in which supervised visitation and visitation exchanges can safely occur;

3. Courts to inquire about domestic violence when addressing visitation issues in child custody matters, and in every case in which the court determines there is a risk to the safety of a parent or child, to craft orders of visitation that create safe visitation and safe visitation exchanges for victims and their children, including provisions that are explicit as to time, date, and place;

4. Attorneys to advocate for safe visitation and visitation exchanges.