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Domestic Violence

A domestic violence restraining order ("DVRO") is used to protect people who have been abused or threatened with abuse. Abuse can be spoken, written or physical. However, a DVRO is not available to everybody that has been abused because the Domestic Violence Prevention Act only applies to people who are or have been married, dated, lived together or are related by blood or marriage. Allegations of domestic violence should be taken extremely seriously because of the impact that they can have on a person's life for years to come.

Once a court has determined that there is "reasonable proof of a past act or acts of abuse" a restraining order can be issued which prevents the person who committed the abuse from having any contact with the their children, communicating with the victim and other relatives, order the person to move out of their house, award sole custody to the abused parent, order child support and spousal support, require the person who committed the abuse to attend 52 weeks of anger management classes as well as other remedies which the court thinks is appropriate. These orders can be issued for 5 years and can be extended beyond that date following an appropriate request. If your case involves allegations of domestic violence contact the The Law Office of Robert Goldsmith without delay.

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