Domestic violence can have a serious impact on the life of an individual including their physical and mental well being. If you feel that you are being abused you have the right to obtain a restraining order.
California defines “domestic violence” as abuse perpetrated against a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, or former cohabitant. Abuse inflicted by one’s current or former dating partner or fiancé/fiancée is also domestic violence, as is abuse committed against the parent of a child by the other parent.
If you are a victim of domestic violence the best first step in protecting yourself and your children may be to obtain a restraining order.
There are several steps involved in obtaining a restraining order:
- Step 1 – Filling out all necessary court forms in preparation of filing
- Step 2 – File forms with the court
- Step 3 – Serve papers to the restrained person
- Step 4 – Attend a court hearing
Victims of domestic violence are already going through a tumultuous time in their lives and need all of the help that they can get. The San Diego family law experts at Dunne & Dunne can help to make things easier, relieving the burden of obtaining a restraining order by handling all of the legal matters involved.
In the likely event that the restraining order is the first step towards divorce, obtaining a divorce attorney at the beginning of the process is highly recommended to protect yourself and your children. The family law attorneys at Dunne & Dunne can provide knowledgeable and caring yet aggressive and effective representation during this difficult time.
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