If you are facing a divorce that involves domestic violence, you are going through an extremely difficult time. Any cycle of physical family violence is damaging to the whole family, and obtaining the help you need earlier – rather than later – is always in you and your children’s best interests.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence involves intentionally and/or recklessly harming – or attempting to harm – someone with whom the perpetrator is in a close relationship. But there’s more to it than just that, and any of the following acts can qualify:
- Sexual assault
- Threats that cause the other person to reasonably fear being seriously hurt (or to reasonably fear that someone else will be hurt)
- Any behavior that qualifies as stalking, threatening, or harassing the other person
- Any behavior that disturbs the other person’s peace or destroys his or her personal property
If you are moving forward with divorce and your divorcing spouse is abusive, you are not alone, and there are options available to you. One such option is a domestic violence restraining order, which can help ensure that your abusive spouse cannot continue to harass you during the pendency of your divorce. Such an order is predicated on the following two criteria:
- The accused either abused you or credibly threatened to abuse you.
- You have a close relationship with the accused, such as your spouse.
If you’re divorcing your abuser, your first priority must be maintaining you and your children’s safety, and an experienced attorney can help you with that.
Protect Your Family, Protect Yourself
If you’re the victim of domestic violence and are seeking a divorce from your abuser, the divorce attorneys at The Broadway Law Firm in Los Angeles are committed to protecting you and your rights throughout the divorce process. Your safety is paramount, so please don’t hesitate to contact us today.