Domestic Violence Attorneys in Hunterdon County
New Jersey Restraining Orders
Ever since we at Martin & Tune have practiced family law in Hunterdon County, we have placed a heavy emphasis on helping victims of domestic violence be heard in a court of law and obtain the justice they deserve. We are founders of the local SAFE HAVEN program that offers free assistance to victims and their children, especially free legal counsel. If you have been victimized, you have found the right firm to represent you.
File For a Temporary or Final Restraining Order
The first priority is your safety and that of your children. If this is an emergency, your first point of contact should absolutely be 9-1-1 and not our firm. If you have established safety for yourself and little ones and are considering this domestic violence as grounds for a divorce, our firm can certainly help you each step of the way.
Most often, victims of domestic violence are able to obtain a temporary restraining order, or TRO. This makes it illegal for the attacker to come within a certain distance of you and your children until the hearing, which usually takes place within 10 days. With the right legal help on your side, you can then argue for a final restraining order, which is indefinite and stays in place until one convinces a judge to modify or change the order.
How Does Domestic Violence Affect Child Custody
Documented instances of domestic violence, especially ones that influence a judge to order a permanent restraining order, help you as a victim to keep your children out of reach of the aggressor. We can use these instances to argue for sole legal and physical custody in a divorce. This custody arrangement means that you are the only parent with the rights to shelter and make day-to-day decisions regarding how your children are raised and cared for. The only way this could be lifted is if the aggressor makes significant life changes and can convince a judge to modify it.
If you’ve been victimized by domestic violence and need legal help, call Martin & Tune today and speak with qualified family law attorneys in Hunterdon County.