The law is generally favorable to victims of domestic violence in divorce cases. Individuals with recent domestic violence charges are generally unable to have joint or sole physical custody of the children. In addition, a partner convicted of domestic violence is unable to receive spousal support. A skilled domestic violence lawyer can help you ensure that you and your family are well-taken care of and your rights are protected.
Being falsely charged with domestic violence can cause severe legal consequences. In addition to evicting the defendant from his or her residence, a domestic violence complaint can lead to the assessment of money damages, attorney fees and other economic repercussions. Child custody, support, use of marital assets and other forms of emergent relief may also be determined in a domestic violence proceeding. Once a domestic violence order is entered, the violation of that order carries the imposition of criminal penalties and the potential for incarceration. Because the stakes are so high and the implications vast, attorneys must be adequately prepared to defend persons falsely accused of domestic violence.