Oftentimes when parties are involved in domestic litigation, safety concerns can arise.  Emotions run high and, unfortunately, individuals sometimes take regrettable actions that may harm their spouse or children.  In such cases, it is appropriate to pursue Court protection from family violence.
The Schachter Law Firm, LLC has extensive experience pursuing and in certain circumstances, defending, family violence actions.  Upon the filing of a verified petition alleging that an act of family violence has occurred in the past and is likely to occur in the future, the Court is authorized to enter a temporary protective order.  The temporary protective order can provide relief including, but not limited to, restraining the offending party from committing future acts of family violence or otherwise harassing or interfering with the petitioner, granting the petitioner exclusive use and possession of the marital residence or requiring the offending party to provide alternate housing to the petitioner and children, awarding temporary custody of the children to the petitioning parent, and awarding temporary financial support to the petitioner.  If the Court finds that a family violence petition is supported by evidence, a temporary protective order is immediately entered and a hearing scheduled to determine whether the protective order should be extended or modified.