No one should have to live in fear. However, at Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell, we’ve seen it time and time again. One half of a married couple wants to divorce and the other wants to continue controlling them. The fear a spouse feels when they’re the victim of domestic violence can make it difficult to take care of children, stay safe, and even function on a base level. If this is your situation then it’s time to reach out to Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell at (909) 920-0908 for help.
What is domestic violence?
In California, the definition of domestic violence is very specific. In order to be considered domestic violence, and not general assault and battery, the abuse must have come at the hands of a spouse or former spouse, co-parent, person you’re dating, or close relative. While the abuse is often physical, it doesn’t have to be to qualify as domestic violence. Physical threats, harassment, mental and sexual abuse, and child abuse are all considered domestic violence when perpetrated by one of the parties listed above.
An attorney is here to help you every step of the way
You don’t necessarily need a domestic violence attorney to help you with your case. That said, working with one can make all the difference. If you’re currently in danger, we can help you secure an emergency protective order. This order lasts for five days and is issued at a hearing at which the abuser is not allowed. We will be there by your side. These five-day emergency orders are almost always granted and are the first step toward getting safe.
Once we’ve gotten you through the first step of obtaining a five-day order, we can discuss your other options. If you’re currently married to the abuser, then we can work on divorce filings, spousal support, and child support if applicable. If you share a child and are not married, then we can work exclusively on child custody and ensuring your child is safe as well.
It’s often the case that after we get the five-day emergency restraining order, we’ll work to have it extended. Options include a 21-day temporary restraining order. This is likely what we’ll secure if we intend to continue gathering evidence and building a case. If the case is already made, then we’ll likely file for a permanent restraining order. Despite what the name says, “permanent” here just means five years. However, we can continue to apply for its renewal every five years.
We can help with every aspect of family law
At Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell, we understand that getting away from an abuser is not always as simple as just walking out the door. If money is keeping you back, we can work on getting you alimony, whether temporary or permanent. If you’re scared, we can work on getting a restraining order filed. If you’re worried that you’ll lose your child, we can work on child custody. The bottom line is that we are here to help with every aspect of a terrible situation. Call us at (909) 920-0908 to get help right away.