Domestic violence is a real and serious threat, particularly for women who are attempting to leave an abusive relationship. However, domestic abuse claims and restraining orders are often misused throughout divorce or custody proceedings in order for one spouse to obtain an unfair advantage over the other spouse.
Domestic violence is a form of abuse that is committed against an individual by his or her family member, spouse, person he or she is in an intimate relationship with, or by the parent of a shared child. New York family court matters involving domestic violence are often complex. It is important to ensure your safety and protect all of your legal rights throughout every step of the proceeding. You can apply for an Order of Protection in order to prevent your abuser from coming into contact with you or harming you in any way.
Todd and his staff did an excellent job handling my case and resolving all the issues. I especially want to thank Todd's associate, Sarah Gitomer, for her dedication and professionalism. - Steve G,
Zimmer, Mathiesen & Associates is available to provide immediate assistance to victims of domestic violence who need emergency Orders of Protection for their safety. The experienced attorneys in our office can assist you in any way that you need, including the preparation and filing of the necessary Order of Protection petition with the New York Family Court.
If the Family Court Judge ultimately determines that domestic violence was in fact committed, the Order of Protection may be granted for a period ranging from two to five years. Additionally, the Judge may order restitution to the victim of domestic violence in an amount up to ten thousand ($10,000.00) dollars in addition to medical expenses and the Court may also direct that the abuser to participate in drug or alcohol counseling and/or an education program designed for individuals who commit domestic violence acts.
It is important to have an attorney to assist you with your domestic violence case to ensure that your case is presented properly to the Court and that you have all of the necessary elements to prove that an incident of domestic violence occurred. The person you file against has a right to a hearing after being served with an Order of Protection and he or she may have hired an attorney who is prepared to challenge the abuse allegations. An experienced and compassionate attorney is crucial if you want a temporary Order of Protection to be put permanently in effect.
If you need to request an Order of Protection to prevent future domestic violence or are facing charges of domestic violence, the experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at Zimmer, Mathiesen & Associates can help. Call our office today at 631-493-0278 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation.
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