Our attorneys have both the commitment and the skill to appropriately handle cases with issues of domestic violence, both on behalf of the victim of domestic violence and on behalf of the individual who feels unjustly accused.
Representing the “Unjustly Accused”
If you believe you have been unfairly accused of abusive conduct toward a spouse or other intimate partner, we will work closely with you to develop the facts and witnesses that will enable the court to have an accurate picture of what actually occurred, which will lead to the entry of the appropriate order.
Because we are so familiar with both sides of the issues in domestic violence cases, our attorneys are often able to negotiate a settlement that ensures the safety of all parties and addresses other relevant issues in the case. However, if settlement is not possible, we have a track record of successful outcomes representing individuals who maintain that no abuse occurred.
Representing Victims of Domestic Violence
Surprisingly, many women (and men) who are in abusive relationships can’t name it or are in denial about the extent of the problem. When this is the case, the abused person needs help to understand the pattern and dynamics of the situation and to identify the key tasks that need to be undertaken to maintain safety. It is also important for abused individuals to know that they are not alone.
Our attorneys have demonstrated a commitment to new beginnings for victims of domestic violence both by providing them expert legal representation and by devoting many hours of volunteer time to improving our society’s understanding of and response to the needs of victims of domestic violence and coercive control.
Often, accessing the legal protections provided by the court system is a critical early step in stopping abuse. Our Family Law attorneys have extensive experience with the rules and procedures of the court system that handles domestic violence cases. After preparing and filing the necessary pleadings to put the issues before the court, we work intensively with our clients so that they present well in testimony which details the nature of the abuse and the relief desired.
Once physical and emotional protections have been established, we then move on to address longer-term issues involving custody and care of children, support, and equitable division of marital assets.