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.