Palm Beach Domestic Violence Lawyer
Sadly, some family law disputes involve domestic violence or threats of domestic violence. Fortunately, Florida courts enable victims or potential victims of domestic violence to pursue the protection they need to avoid harm. At the Law Office of Georgia T. Newman, our Palm Beach domestic violence lawyers have the experience, sensitivity and resolve to handle family law disputes involving domestic violence, and we can help you request and obtain protection which suits your individual circumstances.
Available Protections against Domestic Violence
When an adult or child is in imminent danger of domestic violence, a court can enter an injunction to secure the victim’s safekeeping. Such protection orders, also known as injunctions or restraining orders in Florida, prohibit the perpetrator from initiating contact with the threatened individual, and/or prohibit the perpetrator from coming within a specific distance of the protected person, his or her vehicle, business, school, or other locations frequented by the victim. Specific relief outlined in an injunction may involve:
- Restraining the perpetrator from committing any acts of domestic violence, including assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, or false imprisonment.
- Awarding temporary exclusive use of the home.
- Addressing issues related to support and timesharing with children.
- Ordering the perpetrator to participate in a batterer’s intervention course.
- Requiring the perpetrator to surrender weapons to law enforcement.
The terms of your personal restraining order can vary depending on the domestic violence you have experienced or been threatened with and the facts of your case. For example, if you have a child with the perpetrator, your restraining order may provide special provisions for exchanges with the child. Attorney Georgia T. Newman is highly attuned to her clients’ best interests, and can adapt to the unique needs of your case.
Types of Injunctions for Protection against Domestic Violence
When you request protection against domestic violence in Florida, the court will consider giving you two types of injunctions—temporary and final—as a matter of course. The temporary injunction is designed to provide immediate protection from harm. As soon as you file your petition for the injunction, the clerk will give your petition to the judge. If the judge decides there is an immediate and present danger of domestic violence, he or she will grant the temporary injunction.
The temporary injunction granted without a hearing will stay in effect for a certain number of days, but generally not longer than 15 days (unless there is an agreed upon extension). Before the temporary injunction ends, however, there will be a full hearing to determine whether you will receive a longer or final injunction. A final injunction lasts longer than 15 days (possibly indefinitely) and may provide you with more protections than the temporary injunction.
Seek the Protection You Need against Domestic Violence
If you fear for your safety or the safety of your children because of a domestic violence situation, please contact Palm Beach domestic violence lawyer Georgia T. Newman right away, and take positive steps to ensure your family’s wellbeing through legal action. We serve clients in West Palm Beach, Boca, Delray, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Martin County.