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Domestic Violence & Intimate Partner Violence

 

The domestic violence protective order process provides an expedited court procedure to seek protection from acts of abuse.  If granted, a court can grant an order for up to 1 year requiring no contact, staying away from specific locations, vacating the family home, paying emergency family maintenance/financial support, and temporary custody of children in common.

 Its purpose is to protect survivors of abuse, whether adults or children.  The protections are often temporary and not a substitute for a divorce, child custody, or financial support case.  A domestic violence case may have a serious impact on existing or future litigation, especially divorce and custody of children.

 Since 2002, I have represented both survivor petitioners seeking protection and respondents against whom a petition for protection has been filed.  These cases move quickly, calling for trial readiness and creativity when exploring settlement.