Domestic Violence & Injunctions
Domestic Violence & Injunctions in Tampa
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence may be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, psychological, threats, stalking, or cyberstalking. Victims of domestic violence may be spouses, sexual/dating/intimate partners, family members, children, or cohabitants. A domestic violence injunction is a judicial order that restrains a person from engaging in domestic violence against another. Typically, it directs a person not to have contact with another person. If you have children together, it may outline appropriate forms of contact regarding the children, including a timesharing schedule and instructions for child exchanges. In Florida, a violation of an injunction is classified as a first degree misdemeanor, with penalties of up to one year in jail and substantial fines.
Domestic Violence & Injunctions Solutions
The attorneys of Open Palm Law understand the devastating affects that domestic violence can have on a family. In contrast, they also recognize that some individuals use it to get an upper hand in their divorce by using it to get the marital home and substantial time with the children. Open Palm Law does not support such behavior and understands how detrimental it can be to real victims of domestic violence. Let Open Palm Law compassionately assist you with your domestic violence issues.
FAQs for Domestic Violence & Injunctions
I was involved in a domestic dispute two weeks ago. Is it too late to file a domestic violence injunction?
It depends. The danger must be imminent, and since you waited two weeks, the danger will likely not be viewed as imminent unless another incident has recently occurred. If you are involved in a domestic violence dispute, it is important to act immediately by reporting it to the authorities and petitioning for an injunction.
Can men be victims of domestic violence?
Yes. Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in a relationship that is used by one partner to exert control over another intimate partner. Just like women, men too can be victims of domestic violence.
I’ve been falsely accused of domestic advice by my angry ex. Is there a point in trying to fight it?
Absolutely! Having an injunction for protection against you can have catastrophic affects on your life, both professionally and personally. It is not something to be taken lightly. You should immediately retain an attorney to protect your rights.
I’m not married to my abuser. Can I still seek an injunction?
Yes. An individual can obtain an injunction against domestic violence against a spouse, ex-spouse, the co-parent of the individual’s child, a girlfriend or boyfriend, a former girlfriend or boyfriend, an individual with whom you currently live or previously did, or a relative related to the individual by blood or marriage.
I was involved in a domestic dispute, but my abuser as not arrested. Can I still obtain an injunction?
Yes, an arrest is not required to obtain an injunction.
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“Joryn was simply amazing. Her supporting, consistent, honest, and most importantly – productive – approach was exactly what I needed to get through the process. A court trial was imminent if we did not have a successful mediation (the third one!), and no other attorney was able to focus the entire team like Joryn.”Danielle, January 2016
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In the beginning, Ms. Jenkins worked for one of the ten largest law firms in the country in its Washington, D.C. office. After nearly three years practicing in all aspects of regulatory law, she took a break from big firm life to work exclusively for one of her own clients on a class action involving more than fifty sex discrimination claims in California. When she returned to the East Coast, she accepted an offer from the state attorney in Tampa, E.J. Salcines (now an appellate judge). CONTINUE READING…