Q: How can family lawyers help domestic violence victims?
Many people think a Phoenix family law attorney just handles divorce cases.
True, the majority of a family law practice generally has something to do with getting divorced or post-divorce factors commonly associated with divorce–like child custody and visitation, child support, alimony, and more. But there are many times family law attorneys help couples resolve issues before, during, and after a divorce, as well as when disputes arise between non-married people.
Sadly, one area we help with involves domestic violence.
While domestic violence is less secretive as it has been in decades past, many victims still suffer in silence, due to fear, intimidation, guilt, embarrassment, or other reasons. This is especially true if the abuse doesn’t leave physical evidence that might be discovered and reported by friends, family, employers, coworkers, teachers, doctors, or other professionals or mandatory reporters.
What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence can be a threat, intimidation, a physical attack, or an attempt to exert control over a victim in the household. Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, or psychological. Abusers and victims may be male or female, young or old, heterosexual or homosexual. Very often, victims are children.
How can Cohen Family Law help?
It’s always important to contact the police or an ambulance in an emergency situation. But a skilled domestic violence attorney can also provide legal support to victims in some of the following ways:
- filing an order of protection against the abuser;
- finding a safe haven for victims;
- starting legal separation or divorce proceedings;
- if applicable, obtaining child custody and child support.
While the headlines are often filled with terribly tragic and fatal incidents of domestic violence against partners and children, any sort of aggressive behavior may be considered by local law enforcement to be grounds for domestic abuse, child endangerment, or battery charges.
A recent case in point concerns a wife from Louisiana who reportedly suspected her husband of infidelity and was arrested on “a charge of domestic abuse” after allegedly “attacking” her husband with two plastic Nerf guns, sending him running from the home. Four children were reportedly home while the fight was going on.
Contact Our Phoenix Domestic Violence Attorney Today
If you are considering getting divorced, have been served with divorce papers, or have questions regarding any other family law matter, Cohen Family Law can help you. Contact us today for a free consultation.
From our office in Phoenix, we help clients throughout Arizona navigate their family law issues. It’s all we do.