My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Georgia
I was issued a protection order against my abusive husband over two years ago. He then filed for divorce and full custody of our girls who are now 13. The divorce has drug on for over two years and still no final. After I had the protection order he violated it, was arrested and went to a jury trial. He was found guilty of a felony and sentenced to 10 years, all on probation but six months in jail.
He was very abusive to the girls as well as myself. I am not worried about custody but am worried about visitation. He has never gotten any help for his mental problems and still denies any abuse even after his felony conviction. He is now pushing for reunification therapy to start as soon he gets out of jail. Our girls have no idea he has been in jail, they are just glad and happy to be free of the abuse and haven't really pushed for any answers as to where he is. Anytime they ask me why I'm going to court I just say that it's adult stuff and nothing for them to worry about. I don't want them to have any stress over the situation plus there is no need for them to know he is in jail.
My question is will he be able to get reunification therapy with the girls? I am pretty sure how they would react if they had to sit in a room to try and establish a relationship with him since he has shown no remorse for his abuse. He was diagnosed with a Cluster B personality disorder by a psychologist he went to during the last year of our marriage after he had a suicide attempt, before we split up.
I am scared of what he will do when he gets out of jail and have all the safety precautions I can. I'm just worried he will be able to get the reunification therapy and what affect it will have on our girls. The girls are doing excellent. While we lived with him they struggled in school and had to be placed into IEP. After splitting from the abuse they now make straight A's in school and are in all advanced classes. They have both went to counseling for a full year after we split up and they are thriving since breaking free from him. I don't think a judge would terminate his rights because no broken bones happened, but he has no business seeing our kids unless he becomes mentally stable. And I just don't see him ever getting help. So, my main question is, what can I expect the Judge to issue as far as any visitation or reunification during the final divorce hearing?
Thanks for your time.