65 Madison Ave · Suite 420 · Morristown, NJ · 07960

¡Attention TAC People!

Press 'p' on your keyboard to make this palette go away.

Max width: 1200px
Color Hex R G B
Blue from Logo#003d65 0 61 101
Darker Blue#021020 2 16 32
Red from Logo#780500 120 5 0
Darker Red#400000 64 0 0
Gray from Modern Firm Site#f3f2ed 243 242 237
Bright, Light Blue#ccebff 204 235 255
Form Input Background Blue#accfe6 172 207 230
Slightly Darker Blue#002e4d 0 46 77
Slightly Darker Gray#e6e5e0 0 46 77
Darker Gray#cccbc7 0 46 77
Lighter Logo Blue#005c99 204 235 255
Login Link Blue#598fb3 89 143 179
Slighty Lighter Red#99150f 153 21 15
Slighty Darker Gray#b3b2ae 179 178 174
Hunter Green#013b23 1 59 35
Lighter Green #025935 ? ? ?
Beige Charcoal #1f1e1e ? ? ?
"Metallic Gold" #D4AF37 ? ? ?
"Darker Green" #012e1b ? ? ?

Violence In The Home Makes Kids Vulnerable To Mental Illness

Family law issues can be extremely emotional. Add the dangerous, extreme element of domestic violence and the legal process of divorce tends to become packed with even more feelings, including fear, anger and desperation.

But if domestic abuse occurs within a family unit, it is certainly a reason why someone would want a divorce and want to fight for child custody. The process in such a situation, however, should be handled with caution, effective planning and the guidance of an experienced family law attorney.

According to a recent study of children’s brains, a non-abusive parent now has even more reason to aggressively fight for child custody if their ex (the other parent) engages in domestic violence or puts the child in a violent environment. The study equates a child who experiences violence to a soldier who has witnessed war.

Researchers showed pictures to kids and found that kids who have experienced violent environments reacted differently than those who hadn’t when they saw a picture of an angry face. Their brains became more active in certain areas in the same way that many soldiers’ brains do.

The unusual brain activity reportedly is connected with a higher rate of depression and other mental illness down the road. Therefore, not only is a child in immediate danger when living in a household with domestic violence, but his future mental well-being is also at-risk by living in an angry, violent environment.

Fighting for child custody can be the best way to get a child out of a violent environment, but it’s important to have all of the legal support to get through the process as safely as possible. That means not only relying on an attorney but law enforcement and possibly a restraining order as well.


Reuters: “Study finds how child abuse changes the brain,” Kate Kelland, Dec. 5, 2011

Begin Your Conversation

  • Disclaimer: Contacting our firm via the internet does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information through this form.

Contact Our Morris County Office



Morristown / Morris County Law Office

65 Madison Ave

Suite 420

Morristown, NJ 07960

Morris County Mediation Office Map