In Florida, domestic violence is taken very seriously by both the criminal courts as well as the civil courts.
In the context of family law, a victim of domestic abuse can petition the court to create a legal document that requires the person perpetrating the domestic violence to stay away from the victim.
If you have been the victim of domestic abuse and wish to pursue remedies in family court, contact Sandy T.
There must be some act—whether an overt act or merely a threat—and that act must be committed against a person with whom the actor has a familial relationship.
Many acts, even if they are not necessarily violent in nature, can be considered acts of domestic violence.
For example, the State of Florida considers the following to be acts of domestic violence: Targets of Domestic Violence In order for an act to be domestic violence, the victim must have some family-like relationship with the person engaging in the domestic violence.
In Florida, the following relationships are covered under the domestic violence statute: Obtaining a Restraining Order Restraining orders are legally binding documents that require one party to stay a certain distance away from the party applying for the restraining order.
Victims of domestic violence, or those in fear of imminent domestic violence, can petition the court for a restraining order.
Restraining orders can give victims of domestic violence the peace of mind that the force of the law is behind them and their safety.
In family court, the party seeking a restraining order must generally convince a judge that domestic violence has occurred, or that it is likely to occur, before the judge will issue a permanent restraining order against a party.
However, temporary restraining orders may be granted without a hearing based solely on a party’s sworn pleadings, and are therefore easier to obtain.
However, temporary restraining orders last only 15 days before they must be extended. If you feel that you are in need of a restraining order, you should immediately contact experienced South Florida family law lawyer Sandy T.