Friendly Parent Provisions and Exceptions for Domestic Violence

This map summarizes state statutes that include a "friendly parent" provision in their best interest factors, favoring parents who promote a relationship between the child and the other parent. It also indicates whether the provision has an exception for domestic violence. Click here to download a complete text table with each state's provisions.

  • Purple: friendly parent provision with exception for domestic violence
  • Gray: friendly parent provision with no exception for domestic violence
  • Yellow: multiple friendly parent provision with differing exceptions
  • White: no friendly parent provision


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