A: No. Once the parental relationship is terminated, all obligations cease. The exception is that if the non-custodial parent had accrued a child support arrearage prior to the termination and a contempt action was brought to recover those funds, the arrearage is still owed.
A: One of the factors that the court will take into consideration is whether violence has been perpetrated by either party during the relationship, especially if children were present at the time. Our case law and statutes are clear that the party who is found to have been violent during the relationship, especially while the children were present, is disqualified from having custody of the children in the event of a separation and subsequent custody battle. However, it can never be said that a given result will ALWAYS happen with a certain set of facts. Several factors are considered and weighed under the totality of the circumstances by the Court when deciding a custody matter the best interest of the minor child being paramount.