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Pasadena & Woodland Hills Family Law Firm Protects You and Your Family in Domestic Violence Cases

Experienced with cases involving domestic violence

Domestic violence cases involve unique issues that must be dealt with carefully in family court. When domestic violence takes place, it can affect many of the issues in the case including child custody changes, visitation rights, spousal support, and parentage rights. The experienced family law attorneys at the Law Offices of Steven A. Blunt handle domestic violence cases compassionately and competently.

The role of domestic violence in divorce, separation or custody arrangements

In the state of California, domestic violence comprises abuse or threats of abuse when the person being abused, and the abuser are in an intimate relationship, live together, or have a child together. Evidence or allegations of domestic violence affect your separation, divorce or custody arrangements. If one party is found to have committed a domestic violence act, the judge cannot give either joint or sole custody to that party, but that parent can be granted visitation rights. Let the knowledgeable attorneys at the Law Offices of Steven A. Blunt help you deal with this serious family law matter.

What restraining orders do

When domestic violence has occurred, the court can grant emergency domestic violence restraining orders with little or no notice to the other side. Restraining orders are designed to protect the victim of domestic violence and the children by ordering the abuser to move out of the family residence, stay away from and not attempt to contact the victim and the children, and stay away from the family residence, the children’s school, the victim’s workplace and the victim’s vehicle.

The victim may be allowed to record attempted contacts by the abuser, and the abuser may be ordered to attend anger management or other programs. The abuser will be ordered immediately to surrender any firearms he or she possesses. As part of the restraining orders, the victim may be awarded custody of the children.

In addition, when restraining orders are issued, they are placed into the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) — the California law enforcement database — so that law enforcement will have access to the restraining orders and hence be able immediately to arrest the abuser should the order be violated.

Restraining orders are powerful tools, and because they have such a significant impact, the courts require significant proof before issuing the same. Our attorneys have extensive experience in this area, can tell you whether the court is likely to grant such an order in your case and, if so, will properly present your case to the court.

Meet with Pasadena and Woodland Hills attorneys with experience in domestic violence cases

The Law Offices of Steven A. Blunt are experienced family law attorneys who are certified family law specialists. With more than 35 years of experience, we are skilled at protecting you and your family in domestic violence family law cases. Call 818-337-3595 or come to either our Pasadena or Woodland Hills offices to discuss your case. We are also available online.