Injunctions for Protection from Domestic Violence (Restraining Orders)
What Is Family Law?
Family law is the area of law relating to family relationships. Although the most common family law matter is divorce (known as "dissolution of marriage"), family law also includes paternity proceedings, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support (alimony), restraining orders, pre-nuptial agreements, and the division of marital property and debts.
Our firm represents clients in all of these aspects of family law, and focuses on the unique needs of each client in working toward a fair resolution of their concerns. We provide counsel in child custody matters, visitation and support issues and pre-nuptial agreements, and also handle post-judgment matters such as modification of spousal support, child support and child custody orders. We are also experienced in working with victims of domestic violence and obtaining restraining orders when appropriate. In all of our family law matters, we make every effort to help alleviate the anxiety that often arises in such proceedings.
Child custody and support are two of the most contentious issues in many divorce proceedings. We encourage clients to participate in mediation before looking to courts to resolve disputes regarding the division of property or child custody. Whatever route you choose, we can help you and your spouse settle the division of your property, child and spousal support issues, and will represent you in court to finalize such matters.
Domestic violence means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, stalking, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member. Family or household member means spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and persons who are parents of a child in common regardless of whether they have been married. With the exception of persons who have a child in common, the family or household members must be currently residing or have in the past resided together in the same single dwelling unit.
If domestic violence or emotional abuse is occurring or is likely to occur in your family, we may be able to help you obtain a restraining order. A restraining order may direct the named party not to approach the victim or the victim's home, work, or vehicle, and may prohibit any efforts to communicate with the victim. Time is of the essence when seeking a domestic violence restraining order. In all of our family law matters, we will do all we can to resolve your very personal, often painful, legal matters as quickly and sensitively as possible.