Does a man’s abusive conduct with his wife have any impact on the court’s decision about child custody?
Some men abuse their wives, but spare their children any physical or mental abuse. They may believe that their bad behavior with the spouses has nothing to do with child custody. "After all, they were not mean to the children and never hurt them in any way".
While they may believe that they have not hurt their children, it certainly did them no good to be present or live in the same household where a husband abused their mother.
Several reputable studies indicate that children suffer emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and developmental problems as a result of witnessing domestic violence.
In addition, some children – especially boys – who experience domestic violence in their homes grow up to repeat the behavioral patterns they have learned. They become abusers. Moreover, some girls who witness domestic abuse model their own behavior on it and become victims later in life.