The Men’s Legal Center
San Diego Domestic Violence Lawyers
One of the most emotionally-charged legal issues in society today is that of domestic violence. This is especially true when allegations of domestic violence (DV) arise in the context of a California divorce. The presence of such an issue can seriously complicate divorce and family law matters and place the rights of the person, who has been accused, at extreme risk. If you are faced with a domestic violence issue, seek the help of experienced San Diego domestic violence lawyers as soon as possible.
Domestic Violence is a Crime
When allegations of domestic violence are made and they are true, the person who is found to have committed domestic violence can face stiff penalties in criminal court upon conviction. These penalties can include jail time in certain circumstances, restricted visitation with the perpetrator’s minor children, and the requirement to complete an anger management course. In addition to these problems, the presence of a domestic violence arrest and conviction on a person’s record has negative impact if a divorce or family law matter occurs within five (5) years.
Obtaining Domestic Violence Restraining Orders (Family Law)
Domestic violence is not gender bias; either sex can be a victim of domestic violence. A recent national domestic violence study found: More than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men in the United States has experienced some form of domestic violence.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, irrespective of gender, you need to obtain a domestic violence restraining order.
The attorneys at the Men’s Legal Center are experienced in helping clients through these sensitive matters and in helping clients obtain the appropriate family law restraining orders to keep our clients protected.
Defending Against False Allegations of Domestic Violence (Family Law)
Often in the context of a divorce or family law matter one party will make allegations of domestic violence which are exaggerated or untrue. The party making the allegations of Domestic Violence may use this to gain an advantage in the case.
If you believe domestive violence allegations brought against you are untrue, contact the Men’s Legal Center’s experienced San Diego domestic violence lawyers today at (619) 234-3838.
Child Custody Decisions Can Be Affected
California courts place the best interests of the child at the top of their priority when making a decision regarding child custody. The presence of domestic violence on the record of either of the parents will almost assuredly lead a court to lean towards the parent who did not commit this type of violence when awarding child custody.
Visitation Rights Can Be Restricted
In addition to the decisions regarding child custody, courts make child visitation orders based on the best interests of the child(ren). When there is a history of domestic violence on the record, the court may respond by restricting visitation time, ordering supervised visitation or suspending visitation rights altogether in certain circumstances of the perpetrating parent.
How Men’s Legal Center Lawyers Can Help
If there are domestic violence allegations against you, you need to act immediately to protect your legal rights.
Contact the San Diego domestic violence lawyers at the Men’s Legal Center today at (619) 234-3838 to schedule an initial consultation.