Stories of domestic violence are all too common in today’s society, but an abusive situation becomes even more likely when one partner makes a decision to leave the other. If you are the victim of domestic abuse it is essential that you do everything you can to ensure your safety and the safety of your family. The compassionate attorneys at Smith & Horwitz can provide you with the legal help that you need to protect yourself and your rights.
At Smith & Horwitz, we are aware that some people are wrongly accused of domestic violence and others are the victims of domestic violence. We are available to provide valuable information about the steps you need to take in order to protect your rights no matter which side of the accusation you are on. If you have been the victim of abuse we can provide you with valuable information on how to safely remove yourself from an abusive situation and quickly get a protective order to keep your abuser away. We can arrange for legal custody or visitation that will keep you safe and keep your contact information private, or consult with the judge in order to ensure that appropriate supervision or requirements are put in place for the protection of your children. We have extensive experience in communicating safety concerns to the courts that will ensure that plans are put in place to protect everybody’s safety and rights. If you have been accused of domestic violence we will investigate the claims in order to help you disprove them.
Domestic violence can take many forms, including simple or aggravated assault, harassment, and terroristic threats. If your partner has physically attacked you in any way or has subjected you to intimidation or emotional abuse, there are laws in place that are designed to help. No matter what form of abuse you are faced with, the domestic violence lawyers at Smith & Horwitz have the experience you need to keep you from having to live in fear. We are committed to assisting those who have been victimized by violence at the hands of a spouse, a former spouse, a household member, or a person that you are dating or used to date. At the same time, we are aware that in divorce situations, false allegations may be made in order to restrict access to children or property. Having a Philadelphia domestic violence attorney on your side to represent your interests can help no matter which side of the situation you are in.
When a divorce proceeding involves domestic violence charges, we work hard to ensure that the judge who is hearing your case understands the situation fully and acts on it appropriately. We will prepare you to testify on your own behalf so that your interests and rights are fully protected.