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Name: In re T.M.
Case #: C081155
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 3 DCA
Opinion Date: 11/02/2016
Summary

Juvenile court did not abuse its discretion when it denied visitation to father who physically abused minor and refused to address his serious anger issues. The minor was removed from father based on a petition which alleged physical abuse. Father denied the allegations and refused to participate in reunification services, blaming the minor. The court ordered no visitation for father, stating that it was detrimental to the minor. Father appealed the denial of visitation. The appellate court affirmed, finding that there was substantial risk of harm to the minor’s well-being from visitation with father. The minor had experienced prolonged and violent abuse from father, and was fearful of him. He cried and trembled when speaking about his father and asked the social worker not to make him see his father. Father had not addressed his anger issues and refused to participate in services. The court did not abuse its discretion in denying visitation.