Domestic Violence takes on many forms, not just physical abuse. It effects all genders, races, social classes, and age groups. It is real and victims need to get help fast. “Leave before the fights start” is what we tell everyone. If you feel threatened and believe danger is near – leave now. If you find yourself becoming angrier and angrier at your spouse – leave now. If, however, it is too late and violence as already ensued you may need legal assistance. Lindley Law represents both victims and abusers.
For the abused we do a detailed interview of the history of your relationship with the abuser and go over the incidents of abuse. This interview is the basis of the most important paperwork you will file to get a Restraining Order – your declaration. We file all other appropriate requests for orders such as child custody and support, exclusive use of your home, and also your dissolution of marriage if needed.
For the accused we do realize there are too many partners out there who file false claims to get back at you for whatever reason, or as often is the case to gain an advantage in child custody dispute. There is a strong presumption against awarding custody to the parent who has been found guilty of domestic violence in the past five years. Consequences for having a DV on your record can include loss of your job or professional license, not to mention prison time if your case ends up in criminal court. Lindley Law represents you in both Family and Criminal Court.
One last note, in Family Court, Domestic Violence is more than just physical violence and the resultant bruises, scratches, and broken bones. Family Court takes a very broad view such as if your partner:
· Intimidates you
· Blocks your movement
· Stalks you
· Belittles you
· Damages your property
they could be found to have violated the Domestic Violence Protection Act. As a result of any of the above you may find yourself suffering from PTSD, sleep disorders, or anxiety. Judges protect people these psychological forms of abuse as well.
Lindley Law can help you with:
· Emergency TROs
· Permanent TROs (5 years)
· Support orders
· Contempt hearings