Boca Raton Domestic Violence Lawyer
Compassionate Representation for Domestic Violence Victims
Getting out of an abusive relationship can literally save your life. It’s important to protect not only yourself, but your children’s lives too. Thankfully, there are a number of steps you can take in order to get immediate legal protection if you are worried about someone threatening abuse. If someone is violent, you can file a petition for injunction for your protection from domestic abuse.
When you retain Williams & Varsegi, LLC, our Boca Raton domestic violence lawyers are here to help you. We provide solid legal advice, top-notch representation, and compassionate counseling. Our number one priority is ensuring the safety of you and your children.
What is Domestic Violence in Florida
In Florida, domestic violence can include crimes like stalking, assault, battery, false imprisonment, sexual assault, and other criminal offenses that result in physical injuries or death.
The key is that in order to be domestic violence, the criminal act must have been committed by a member of the family or a household member. This could be your current spouse, a former spouse or partner, someone who is related to you by marriage or blood, someone who currently lives with you or once did, or the other parent of your children, no matter whether or not you ever lived together.
Florida Petitions for Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence
If you are a victim of domestic violence or have reasonable cause to believe you are in danger of becoming a domestic violence victim, you can file for a Florida petition for protection against domestic violence.
The first step is filing the petition and then the court will issue an ex parte order that grants or denies the petition. With an ex parte order, you don’t need to face your abuser in court just to obtain a temporary order of protection. The other person, or the respondent in the matter, will receive notice only after the order is granted.
Temporary protector orders are customizable in order to address your current situation. Orders can grant you any or all of the following:
- Temporary exclusive use and possession of the home
- Temporary full custody of your kids
- The duty for the respondent to stay away from you and keep from contacting you
- Financial support, which can be in the form of child support and/or alimony for a temporary period
- Require the other party to stay away from your job and home
- Force the respondent to seek treatment or counseling
Temporary injunctions are good for 15 days, or until there is a full final hearing completed. This hearing the respondent will be notified about. This means they can appear and challenge the order. The judge will decide whether or not to dismiss the temporary order and grant a final one. The injunction may address a number of important topics like child support, visitation, counseling, firearms, and more.
Contact a Boca Raton Domestic Violence Lawyer
You want to make sure to have a Florida domestic violence attorney representing you for this hearing. If you need assistance with filing an injunction for protection against domestic violence, contact Williams & Varsegi, LLC, today to schedule an initial consultation.