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post-separation abuse?

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1. The federal Divorce Act and child custody and access legislation in most provinces name domestic violence as a factor that must be considered in determining “the best interests of the child”.

2. Most women who report violence after separation say the violence is more severe than during the relationship?

3. The “best interests of the child” has become equated with maximum access between the child and the non-custodial parent.

4. Often post-separation abuse involves children.

5. Histories of domestic abuse are reviewed by the family court judge in awarding custody and access.

6. Abusers are more likely to ask for sole custody or to insist on extensive access to their children.

7. Abuse may influence a victim’s ability to safely negotiate a separation agreement with the abuser.

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