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How Domestic Violence Can Affect Your Divorce

Are you and/or your children being abused by your spouse and are you seeking a divorce in Orlando? If so, your situation presents unique challenges that are not present in cases not involving family violence. At Richard A. Heller, P.A., our Orlando family law attorneys understand the gravity of your situation and are passionate about helping the victims of domestic violence get away from their abuser and obtain a divorce.

With nearly 75 years of collective experience and with an A + Rating from the Better Business Bureau, you can have faith in our professional competence and legal ability. Domestic violence affects families from all races, religions and socioeconomic classes, and victims of domestic violence must proceed swiftly, yet cautiously to protect themselves and their children from their abusers.

Domestic Violence Under Florida Law

Under Section 741.28 of the Florida Statutes, domestic violence is defined as any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault or battery, stalking or aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense that results in physical injury or death of a family member or household member by another family or household member. A family or household member includes:

  • A spouse
  • A former spouse
  • A person related by blood or marriage
  • People who presently live together as if a family
  • People who have lived together in the past as a family
  • People who have a child in common, regardless if they were ever married

In Florida, the victims of domestic violence can petition for an injunction for protection against domestic violence (restraining order). This is a civil order that provides protection from abuse by a family or household member. This court document orders the abuser to stop doing certain acts such as abusing you or your children, contacting you, or coming near you. It can also order an abuser to leave your home or start paying you temporary child support. It can also give you certain rights such as temporary custody of your children.

Need a lawyer for your domestic violence case in Orlando?

At Richard A. Heller, P.A., we understand that domestic violence is a very serious, yet legally sensitive matter. If you or your children are being abused by your spouse, we urge you to contact an Orlando divorce attorney from our firm right away. We can provide you with legal advice and aggressive representation during your divorce or family law proceedings. We understand that leaving is the most dangerous time in a domestic violence case and we are here to ensure that you make the right decisions so that your rights, especially your parental rights are fiercely protected during your divorce.

Contact our law firm right away to arrange a free case evaluation.

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