There is never a time when parents want to see their children in danger or getting hurt. Sadly, there are cases of domestic violence that involve children. One parent may be verbally abusive, physically violent or be harmful in other ways.

If you find out that your child is in harm’s way, you will likely stop at nothing to keep them safe, but can you break the custody order without the potential to lose custody completely? The answer is yes, so long as you have reasonable concerns.

What should you do if you fear for your child’s life?

If you believe that your child is in danger, then you should do all you can to keep them safe. For instance, if your child comes home from the other parent’s home with welts from being hit by your ex-spouse, you should call the police and intervene by stopping contact with the ex-spouse. You can seek a temporary restraining order and protective order, too.

Your attorney will take steps to help you obtain custody and to make sure your child is not left with the other parent without supervision. Be proactive. If you’re worried that abuse is taking place, you can call your attorney and begin taking steps to remove your child from the home and to change your custody orders.

Above all else, your child’s safety is the most important thing to the courts, to you and to those around you. If you have to breach the custody order to protect them, get into contact with the police and reach out to your attorney.