Published: August, 2013| Lenore Walker, Ed.D., Becki Truscott Kondkar, J.D.

Dr. Walker and Professor Kondkar discuss the challenges confronted by battered women as they consider whether to seek a custody/parenting time order from a court. In making decisions about mediation, negotiation and/or litigation of custody issues, battered women must consider the risks posed by the batterer to the children during access, any risks both to the battered woman and children at exchange, whether these risks can be mitigated by supervised exchange or visitation, and whether a 3rd party, such as a friend or family member, can safety supervise or if supervision should be done at a center. Battered women need to know the law, the court system, the inclination of judges, the options for supervision, among other things.