Domestic violence is defined as threatened or actual abuse from someone in your family, in your home, or whom you have a close relationship. If you have an issue currently with domestic violence, your first step is always to call the police to make sure that you are above all protected and that there is a record of domestic violence occurring between you and your spouse or significant other. One of the greatest disadvantages of going to court regarding domestic violence is the failure to document such incidences in various ways such as through calling the police, seeking help from medical personnel, and making sure that pictures and other documentation are obtained in order to preserve evidence.

The family court issues domestic violence restraining orders whereby it can require the person you want restrained to stop threatening and hurting you and your children or other people who live with you. Restraining orders can also tell someone to stop calling, move out of the same residence as you, stay away from where you live and work, give up a gun in their possession, limit time he or she spends with your children, pay certain bills, pay child support, release or return certain property, or pay some or all of your attorneys fees. These orders can last for as little as a few weeks or as long as five years.

Children in homes where domestic violence occurs are at risk of physical and emotional abuse. If you fail to address incidences of domestic violence in your household, it is possible that the children could be removed from your care even though you are not the parent perpetrating this abuse. Therefore, you have to take into consideration the protection of your children as well as yourself and go into court and getting your domestic violence restraining orders.

At the Law Office of A. Stephen Rocha we can help you commence the process to go into court and get you restraining orders without the other party even knowing that this process is taking place. We can obtain an order that the abusing individual will be removed from your household for your safety. If children are involved, we can limit the contact between the abusing parent and the children, if for no other reason than to give the abusing parent time to understand the ramifications of their actions and consider the children’s safety and well-being. Once the safety of the children and the abused individual are taken care of, the situation can be assessed to determine whether or not permanent restraining orders lasting up to five years are what is best for all involved or if there are other remedies that may help the parties achieve their goals and protect the children



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