Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is unfortunately common in the state of California. It occurs when a significant other or somebody else related through blood or marriage commits physical or sexual assault. In some cases, domestic violence also involves threats made in person, over the phone or via the internet. If you believe that you have been the victim of domestic violence, you are advised to get in touch with a Pasadena lawyer such as Y. Jessie Shaw as soon as possible.

Filing A Restraining Order

Restraining orders are civil orders used to inform abusers that, should they cease the abusive behavior, serious financial repercussions could ensue. If the judge believes that the victim or the victim’s children are at immediate risk of abuse, an emergency restraining order may be filed. Otherwise, a temporary restraining order can be issued until the victim is asked to return to court for an official hearing. During the final hearing, a restraining order lasting up to five years may be issued against the abuser.

Domestic Violence And Divorce

Domestic violence is often a key factor in divorces, as courts rarely grant custody to convicted abusers. If, as if often the case, the incident takes place in the midst of divorce proceedings, an emergency custody hearing may prove necessary. Later, during the determination of visitation rights, domestic violence may once again come into play, with visitation time severely restricted for those with a history of abuse.

Many victims of domestic violence hesitate to seek retraining orders because they fear that future alimony or child support payments could be compromised. It is important to remember, however, that a restraining order will not necessarily result in the loss of employment for the abuser. The first priority of the victim or the parent of a victim should be to seek safety; from there, an attorney can help to determine how future proceedings could impact child support and alimony arrangements.

 The Law Offices of Y. Jessie Shaw: A Trusted Resource For Domestic Violence Cases

Whether you are the victim of domestic violence or have been accused of harming somebody in your household, it is in your best interest to get in touch with a family attorney with a history of success. Y. Jessie Shaw is a compassionate lawyer with a thorough understanding of family law. She will work tirelessly to ensure that justice is achieved. For the ultimate in domestic violence representation, look to the Law Offices of Y. Jessie Shaw.