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Domestic Violence & Abuse Lawyer in Philadelphia

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If you are a victim of domestic violence or abuse, learn how to obtain a restraining order to protect your peace of mind. On the other hand, if you believe you have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence, seek the advocacy of an experienced domestic violence lawyer.

Contact the Law Office of Smith & Horwitz by calling (215) 515-8464 to schedule a consultation on any matter pertaining to the domestic violence court.

How Does Domestic Violence Affect a Divorce?

Domestic violence introduces a complex layer into divorce proceedings, affecting legal, emotional, and practical dimensions.

  • Legal Ramifications: Domestic violence significantly shapes legal outcomes, particularly in child custody, visitation rights, and spousal support decisions. Courts prioritize the safety of victims and children, potentially altering asset distribution and financial responsibilities.
  • Child Custody and Visitation: Courts closely examine the safety of children in cases involving domestic violence. Custody may favor the non-abusive parent with supervised visitation for the abusive one. Stringent conditions may be imposed to ensure the child's well-being.
  • Protective Measures: Victims often seek protective orders, influencing divorce proceedings. These orders restrict the abusive spouse's actions, and violations can impact the case's outcome.
  • Financial Considerations: The financial fallout of domestic violence plays a role in divorce. Courts may order financial support for victims and adjust asset division to account for the economic impact of abuse.
  • Emotional Impact: Domestic violence leaves emotional scars that can impact decision-making during divorce. Courts recognize this, sometimes factoring in the emotional well-being of both parties.

No one expects the family to be a source of violence or fear. However, some people have unfortunately become psychologically or culturally attuned to handling frustrations through violence or other abusive forms of intimidation.

We have a message to all family law clients: there are choices when it comes to domestic violence. You do not have to live with or perpetuate domestic violence. It is possible to break the chain of abuse. You do not have to remain in a marriage or relationship where domestic violence threatens your wellbeing. Courts will do their part. You also must do your part by reporting domestic violence or seeking professional help if you are the one accused of domestic violence. If accusations of molestation have become an aspect of your child custody dispute, we are prepared to represent you and work to protect your children.

Contact us to begin the dialog which may help bring peace back to your family relationships, whether divorced or still married.

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"I had Adam represent me as my attorney and his expertise in this field showed. He helped me go through a messy custody battle and the results of what was best for the well being of my child."

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