Below are some frequently asked questions about Domestic Violence:
What is the definition of domestic violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior used to gain control over another person in a domestic relationship. It can include a wide range of actions, such as:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Psychological abuse
- Economic abuse
- Technological abuse
Domestic violence can involve invoking fear in a person, attempting to cause injury, or intentionally causing harm.
How does domestic violence impact child custody?
A history of domestic violence can negatively affect a parent’s visitation with a child. If you are seeking custody of a child and your spouse has a history of domestic violence, you may have a better chance of receiving primary custody. The court may limit the other parent’s visitation rights due to their violent history.
Judges consider several factors to determine the best living situation for children of divorcing or separated parents. The court strives to provide the safest and most stable environment for each child.
If you know your spouse has committed domestic violence, you can use these acts as leverage during your custody battle. If the court has already determined a child custody order and your spouse has since become violent, you can request to alter the order. Our domestic violence law firm can help you navigate this process safely and effectively.
What protections are available for victims of domestic violence?
If you are a victim of domestic violence, you should report the violence to the police. Domestic violence is a crime that can lead to criminal prosecution and jail time.
Aside from criminal prosecution, you can take a few other measures to protect yourself against further violence, including:
- The address confidentiality program
- A civil lawsuit
- Child custody orders
- Restraining orders
Your domestic violence lawyer can help you determine the best steps to take to protect yourself and your family.
How can a family domestic violence lawyer help?
Working with a domestic violence attorney can help you navigate your case successfully. Your attorney can guide you through all of the legal aspects of your case and communicate with the perpetrator on your behalf.
Contact our domestic violence attorneys at Speaks Law Firm, PC Family Law Division today at (910) 769-7339 to schedule your case evaluation.
Speaks Law Firm, PC Family Law Division
300 N. 3rd St. Suite 310
Wilmington, NC 28401