Family Law And Domestic Violence
Family law and domestic violence
Domestic violence can happen in any situation, but the stress of the end of a relationship and having to go through divorce proceedings can escalate an already volatile case very quickly. Whether you have already been the victim of domestic violence or are seeing warning signs and are worried about your safety, a family law attorney can help you understand how to protect yourself.
In situations where you or your children are in immediate danger, the first step may be to request a temporary restraining order. Emergency orders are a possibility, but they require certain criteria to be met. This is why it’s important to be completely honest with your attorney about any history of domestic violence in the home and the exact content of any threats being made.
If a temporary restraining order is issued, it’s important to understand that it is rarely the end of the matter. Once your initial safety is taken care of, it’s time to talk with your lawyer about plans for the future and what your options are as far as the divorce settlement and any custody or support issues.
Reaching out for help in a domestic violence situation can be scary, but it is an important step moving forward. Once you have explored your legal options and understand what you can do to protect yourself, a family attorney can help you put that plan into place. At the law offices of The Montanari Law Group, we understand the complexities of domestic violence situations and have the experience necessary to help you through this difficult time.