Domestic violence is a pervasive problem in Florida, and it unfortunately is involved in some family law cases. While some individuals falsely accuse their estranged spouses of domestic violence as a tactic to gain the upper hand in a divorce or child custody case, others make true allegations of domestic violence that must be factored into any decisions about visitation and custody of the children.
The attorneys at PurLaw understand the difficult circumstances our clients who are the victims of domestic violence go through and are sensitive to their needs. We likewise fight to protect the interests of our clients who are falsely accused of domestic violence. In either situation, our attorneys aggressively litigate on behalf of our clients to protect their rights.
Domestic Violence in Family Law Cases
Divorce and child custody cases that involve domestic violence allegations pose unique challenges. When there is a documented history of domestic violence perpetrated by one spouse against the other or the child, the court must take it into account when making decisions about child custody and visitation. In many domestic violence situations, it might not be in the best interests of the child to have unsupervised visits with the abusive parent. Settling the issues outside of court might also be inappropriate because of the potential danger to the children and the abused spouse and the uneven power structure of the relationships involved.
Making false allegations of abuse is never a good idea. If you falsely accuse your estranged spouse or the parent of your child of abuse, the court can consider your false allegations and issue an unfavorable custody decision. You must be honest with your lawyer about whether abuse has occurred in your relationship. If it has, we can then evaluate how to best proceed with your case and potentially help you obtain a restraining order.
Contact the Attorneys at PurLaw
If you are dealing with domestic violence in your relationship and are going through a divorce or child custody matter, you should seek experienced legal help in South Florida from the attorneys at PurLaw. You should also reach out if your estranged spouse or partner has falsely accused you of domestic violence in your pending family law case. Call us today to request a consultation and learn how we can help to protect your rights.