Family Violence and Protective Orders
Whether you have already left an abusive relationship or need a plan to safely leave, our attorneys are here to listen and to help.
Central Texas Lawyers Who Understand the Dynamics of Family Violence
Texas law allows a court to issue an order called a “Protective Order” when family violence is present. The idea behind a protective order is to require an abusive partner or spouse to stay away from a person who has been a victim of family violence. Protective Orders can also protect family members and children. A violation of a protective order is a crime and allows the police to arrest a person who violates a protective order. This can be a more immediate remedy than having a private lawyer file a custody suit or obtain a restraining order in a divorce.
Family Violence in a Texas Divorce
When family violence is present, it can affect many aspects of a divorce and child custody suit. It can affect property division and can permit an award of spousal support if certain criminal charges exist against the abuser. [*spousal support]. The law also requires a court to take family violence into consideration when making child custody and visitation orders. Texas law requires a safe and non-violent home for all children.
Our attorneys understand the dynamics of a violent relationship and can guide you through the legal options available in your case.