Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders
A dissolution of marriage can be tough, but when other factors such as domestic violence are involved, the abused partner may feel even more vulnerable and alone. That is why the Law Offices of Atousa Saei will make every effort to ensure your issues are dealt with compassionately and fairly with an eye on justice.
The domestic violence lawyers working with Atousa Saei can help with your restraining order.
A restraining order is an order issued by the court to prevent the recurrence of acts of violence or abuse. These acts are loosely defined as:
- Intentionally or recklessly causing, or attempting to cause, bodily injury
- Sexual assault
- Subjecting a person to reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury to that person or another
- Engaging in any behavior that has been, or could be, enjoined such as molesting, attacking, striking, stalking, threatening, battering, harassing, telephoning, emailing, regular mailing, texting, faxing, bullying on social media and/or destroying personal property.
In order to file a Domestic Violence Restraining Order, the violence or act must be within a certain time frame, and the abuser must meet one of the following criteria: the abuser must be a spouse, ex-spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, ex-boyfriend/ex-girlfriend, someone with whom the victim has or has had a dating relationship; a family member (mother, father, in-laws, siblings, adult children), or a person with whom a party has a child(ren) together. A civil harassment restraining order, (as opposed to a domestic violence order), may have to be filed if the victim does not have the necessary relationship to the abuser. The domestic violence attorneys at The Law Offices of Atousa Saei have the experience to help you out with the details involving such difficult cases.
Whether Domestic Violence or Civil Harassment, either type of restraining order may result in the following: restraint of personal conduct by the abuser; orders to stay away from the victim’s home/work and/or child(ren)’s school; orders to cease communicating or using social media to inflict harm against the victim and/or their family; orders to be removed from a residence; child custody and visitation and support orders; and other miscellaneous orders.
A domestic violence (“DV”) order can be temporary or permanent and last up to five years. Such an order is valid and entitled to enforcement in each jurisdiction throughout the 50 states, District of Columbia and all tribal lands. A civil harassment restraining order can last up to three years and is also enforceable in the same states and regions.
Whether you are the victim of domestic abuse or the victim of baseless domestic violence allegations, it is important that you and your rights are protected. Let the seasoned team at The Law Offices of Atousa Saei see that you are treated with dignity and respect. We offer the best choice for a Santa Monica domestic abuse attorney.