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Courts Act to Protect Children in Parental Disputes When Incest Is Credible  

Author:  Anne L. Perry, J.D..

Source: Volume 01, Number 01, Summer 2008 , pp.67-70(4)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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In two recent court decisions, higher courts in West Virginia and Louisiana made rulings that prohibited visitation when there were standing and credible allegations of sexual abuse. In the West Virginia case, the court ruled that the risk of allowing unsupervised visits far exceeded limitations to the father’s visitation rights. In a second case, the Louisiana Court of Appeals, citing the Violence Relief Act, upheld a decision to suspend a father’s visitation of his daughter due to a credible charge of sexual abuse.

Keywords: In re Jason S., 637 S.E.2d 583 (W.Va. 2006); C.L.S. v. G.J.S., 954 So.2d 1025 (La. Ct. App. 2007)

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