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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 who has been abused because the Domestic Violence Prevention Act only applies to people who are or have been married, dated or lived together or who 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. The Law Office of Robert Goldsmith will help you with the process of filing for a DVRO to minimize any complications that could prevent its approval.

Once a court has determined that there is “reasonable proof of a past act or acts of abuse” a restraining order can be issued that prevents the person who committed the abuse from having any contact with their children or any communication with the victim and other relatives. The restraining order can also require the person to move out of their house; award sole custody to the abused parent; order child support and spousal support; and require the person who committed the abuse to attend 52 weeks of anger management classes, among other remedies that the court thinks is appropriate. These orders can be issued for five years and can be extended beyond that period of time following an appropriate request.

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Allegations of domestic violence can drastically impact your divorce and child custody case. If your case involves allegations of domestic violence, contact The Law Office of Robert Goldsmith without delay by calling 949-783-9709 or emailing the firm.