DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & RESTRAINING ORDERS
In cases of domestic violence or threat of violence, it is extremely important to get help as soon as possible to protect yourself and your loved ones. With our experienced attorneys including a partner on staff who possesses years of practice in criminal law, our office is well able to handle any such issues that may arise as part of divorce or child custody disputes, whether it is moving to obtain a court protective order or to defend against false allegations of domestic violence. Domestic violence is an unfortunate reality that all too often may arise during the course of a family law dispute. In California, as a victim of actual or threatened domestic violence, you may file for a restraining order to protect you or your loved ones. Domestic violence is abuse perpetrated against any of the following persons:
- – A spouse or former spouse.
- – A cohabitant (a person who regularly resides in the household) or former cohabitant.
- – A person with whom the respondent is having or has had a dating or engagement relationship.
- – A person with whom the respondent has had a child, where the presumption applies that the male parent is the father of the child of the female parent under the Uniform Parentage Act.
- – A child of a party or a child who is the subject of an action under the Uniform Parentage Act, where the presumption applies that the male parent is the father of the child to be protected.
- – Any other person related by consanguinity or affinity within the second degree.