Domestic violence is intolerable. If you or a family member has been assaulted or harassed by a present or former household member, our family law attorneys will take action and protect your family. Our attorneys will be there for you at every step, as you engage in one of the most difficult times of your life. Domestic violence can take many forms:
- Physical abuse from another past or present household or family member
- Threats by a household or family member that cause you reasonable fear of imminent serious bodily harm
- Abuse or neglect (statutorily defined)
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you have two methods for relief: criminal remedies and/or civil remedies.
- Criminal remedies – if you decide to prosecute the domestic violence through the criminal process, you will deal with the prosecutor’s office and you can be granted a protection order from the court, which generally lasts until the case is resolved.
- Civil remedies – you may seek to obtain a domestic violence civil protection order, which can last up to five years after a full hearing. Any violation of the order is a criminal offense, and may be punishable by jail time. In connection with a civil protection order, you may seek to remain in your residence, temporary custody, spousal support, child support and vehicles, if necessary.
Due to the nature of domestic violence, you should act quickly to protect your rights. If you have questions about domestic violence, please contact one of our family law attorneys as soon as possible to find out how they can help.