Domestic Violence And Orders Of Protection
Many divorces are uncontested matters where the couple jointly agrees to terminate the marriage but remain active as co-parents in a growing family. It is a sad reality that this is not always the case. Sometimes, the passion that was dedicated to building the relationship is also the source of its undoing.
In the case of domestic violence, this can mean physical or emotional violence involving current or former members of the household. The New York family courts, Supreme Court and the criminal courts all have jurisdiction over these kinds of issues.
Family court addresses all domestic issues, Supreme Court handles these as part of an ongoing divorce proceeding, while criminal court addresses all issues involving criminal charges.
As a lawyer, I focus on family law, but my experience as an attorney includes many areas of law, notably criminal law. This legal background means that I understand how to petition for restraining orders or orders of protection. Reasons for issuing these orders include:
- Verbal or physical abuse
- Sexual violence
What Orders Of Protection Do
These are issued by the court to limit the behavior of someone who harms or threatens harm to you or a family member. It may direct them to do all or some of the following:
- Stay away from you or your children
- Vacate the family home
- Pay child support
- Comply with the custody arrangement
- Prevent them from legally owning or possessing a firearm
Call Me If You Need Help With A Domestic Violence Case
I can help whether it is protecting the safety of the family or your individual rights if you have been charged. Call 911 if you are in immediate danger. I can then be reached at my Garden City office by dialing 516-350-5074 or by contacting me online. I am available during business hours, but I also schedule appointments for nights and weekends if that is when you are available.