Domestic abuse attorneys are experienced in dealing with domestic abuse cases and are committed to helping victims of domestic violence. If you are a victim of domestic violence, a domestic violence attorney can assist in the following ways:
1. Removing your spouse from the home
What many people don’t know about domestic violence is that if your husband or wife is violent, your attorney can help you get them excluded from your marital home. Your attorney can file before the court and ask that the judge to grant you temporary exclusive occupancy of your home. When you do this, your abusive husband or wife will be ordered by the court to leave the house.
2. Putting restraining orders and orders of protection in place
If you have been a victim of domestic violence you’re probably going to be dealing with a domestic violence injunction. This is basically a hearing where the court makes a determination as to whether there has been such violence.
If there has, the judge will enter a restraining order. Meaning that the spouse accused of the domestic violence will be restricted from having contact with the spouse who is the victim of the domestic violence.
Your attorney can also obtain orders of protection on behalf of your children in order to keep your abusive spouse away from them as well.
3. Getting you custody of your kids
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you will certainly be entitled to custody of your children. This is because the court knows that if your spouse has been violent towards you, there is a strong likelihood that he or she will also be violent towards your children, and no court or judge will knowingly put any harm to children in any way.
Once custody of your children has been arranged, your attorney can turn his attention to getting you the child support you need to care for your children properly.
4. Representing you in divorce proceedings
It should come as no shocker that many women who have been subject to domestic violence do not have their names on the marital home, marital property, or any of the financial accounts. So, when they come to an attorney, they have nothing.
However, if you have been a victim of domestic violence, you may be entitled to a greater share of the marital estate when you divorce your abusive spouse, regardless of who holds title to what and especially if there are children involved.
An experienced domestic violence attorney can help you get every bit of what you and your children rightfully deserve and are entitled to receive.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is important that you contact an attorney right away. There is often an expedited process called an “ex parte proceeding” that can get you into court much quicker, so that these issues can be dealt with swiftly and with the least amount of collateral damage to your family.