How a Lawyer Can Help You With a Domestic Violence Case

If you have been the victim of any type of domestic violence or threats of domestic violence, let a domestic violence lawyer assist you. Domestic violence lawyers in Tampa Bay can help you by obtaining an order of protection and filing for divorce, if you're married to your abuser. If you and your abuser have children together, it's particularly imperative to work with a lawyer who has experience in both family law and domestic violence.

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Filing an Injunction
Your attorney can file an injunction if you have been the victim of physical abuse or s exual battery , or if your abuser has placed you in fear of harm via verbal or nonverbal threats. Injunctions ar e often referred to as restraining orders or orders of protection. It is a court order that prohibits your abuser from committing further threats or acts of violence against you. Your attorney can complete the necessary paperwork to request an injunction and file it with the court. He or she will also represent you in the event that a hearing is required. The type of relief the injunction will grant varies. The judge may require your abuser to vacate your place of residence, and to stay away from your home and workplace. The abuser may also be prohibited from contacting you in any way, either directly or indirectly via a third party.

Filing for Divorce
Another way in which a domestic violence lawyer can assist you is by helping you file for divorce, if you're married to your abuser. If you share children with your abuser, your attorney can help you file for custody and obtain child support.

Preparing Your Case
Your domestic violence lawyer will walk you through each step of the process, from building your case to appearing in court. You can help your attorney by providing complete details about each incidence of violence, sexual battery, or threats. For example, let your lawyer know when and where the abuse occurred, whether there were any witnesses, whether any objects were used, and what type of abuse it was. Let your lawyer know if you ever received treatment in a hospital for your injuries and whether the police were ever called. Your lawyer will use this information to build a strong case against your abuser.

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