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At the Land Legal Group, our family law attorneys in Los Angeles know that things do not always go as planned during a California divorce. Unfortunately, in some cases, one spouse can become intimidating, aggressive, or even violent.
If you fear that your spouse is going to take their threatening behavior to the next level, and fear for your safety, filing a domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) may help protect you.
Here are a few tips for pursuing a restraining order, so you can get through the divorce proceedings safely.
Partner with a Family Law Attorney Before Filing a DVRO
Whether you have been a victim of domestic violence during your marriage — or if it is the reason you are filing for divorce — or if filing for divorce was the impetus for your spouse’s abusive behavior, partnering with a family law attorney in Los Angeles can help you pursue real results, so you can get the protection you need the first time around.
The sooner you contact a skilled family law attorney, the sooner the law firm can preserve evidence, including police reports, 911 transcripts, witness statements, and photos that will help build your case.
At the Land Legal Group, our domestic violence attorneys in Los Angeles will develop your DVRO petition with careful attention to detail and the evidence necessary to pursue a successful outcome. Often, this is difficult to do on your own. In some cases, an emergency protective order may be granted — which only lasts for seven days — or a temporary protective order is granted — which only lasts for 20 to 25 days. However, in both cases, that does not mean the judge will be willing to extend either permanently without a convincing argument for doing so.
Our skilled domestic violence and family law attorneys can help you pursue the immediate protection you need, and the long-term solutions necessary to help keep you safe going forward.
Be Prepared for the Initial Hearing
Whether you were awarded an emergency protective order, or a temporary protective order, each will be considered for extension — or to extend the order permanently — during an initial hearing.
The initial hearing will allow your spouse to tell his or her side of the story. It is important to be prepared for the hearing by listening to your lawyer’s advice, so you can reach the outcome you seek. This means something different for everyone, as domestic violence cases are truly unique to each relationship.
We can help you understand your legal rights and options, and the burden of proof necessary to obtain a permanent restraining order, to remain safe during your divorce proceedings, and after, so you can get your life back on track without worry.
Contact the Land Legal Group Family Law Attorneys in Los Angeles Today
If you have questions about divorce and domestic violence, contact our skilled family law attorneys in Los Angeles County at the Land Legal Group today at (310) 552-3500 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your unique needs and to learn how we can help.