What Florida Law Says About Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is an unfortunate act that sometimes finds its way into marriages and households in Florida. If you find yourself involved in a domestic violence dispute, I can help you understand your rights and options and prepare you for what to expect under Florida law.
As soon as possible, contact me, Mark E. Sawicki, to discuss what to do next. Call my firm, Mark E. Sawicki, P.A., in Palm Beach Gardens or Melbourne, at 954-928-9331 and arrange a consultation.
Filing For Divorce As A Way Out
Domestic violence endangers the physical health and lives of the victims, compromises their emotional and mental states and affects their relatives, family and friends in subtle ways. To escape from domestic violence, some individuals seek refuge in filing for a divorce. As an experienced Florida family law attorney, I will connect you with resources and protect your rights. My mission is to secure your safety and protect your peace.
Your Safety Comes First
Violence is often repetitive, and most domestic abuses on record are repeats of numerous assaults that the victimized spouse has received within the marriage. Experts say that abusive spouses are often unable or unwilling to change, and, therefore, they continue to endanger their spouses and their children. Divorce can sometimes be the only option in resolving the situation. While it is good to get the advice of a divorce attorney, experts on domestic violence say that as an abused spouse, you must first get yourself and your children to a safe place. In some instances, the only way to leave is to call the police and social services. It is a sad fact that many violent spouses react with rage when confronted with the possibility of divorce. So, first, get to safety, and then initiate divorce.
Use The Civil Courts
According to legal experts, if you are a victim of domestic violence, you should take advantage of the protection that the law offers by first filing for a restraining order. This means that the abusive spouse cannot come near you or your children, or they risk being arrested. The advantage of this is that, if you are the victim, you can usually stay in the home. This relieves you of the burden of finding shelter on top of worrying about divorce proceedings. Aside from filing a divorce case, lawyers and social service workers also recommend filing a domestic violence case in court. I can review your case and provide you with the guidance and resources you need, given your situation.
Obtain The Necessary Documentation
In filing for a divorce case with a domestic violence background, it is important that the specifics of abuse be documented in a very detailed and specific way. A history of repetitive violence will help show the court during divorce proceedings the plight of the abused spouse within the marriage, possibly helping shape the decision for child custody, child support, alimony, and even restrictions of access. A legal expert on divorce is needed to show you all of the options and strategies that the abused spouse can use in cases such as this.
Schedule A Consultation To Understand Your Rights
It’s important to act quickly when domestic violence is a factor in your divorce. Call me at 954-928-9331 to discuss how I can help ensure that you move forward safely and with the legal protection you need. I serve family law clients throughout Broward, Palm Beach, and Brevard counties, and in all surrounding communities.