Divorce and Domestic Violence/Restraining Orders

Are you dealing with issues of Domestic Violence and Divorce? Do you need a way out of a demanding situation? 

One thing we have seen during the past few months of the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard libel trial is that when a marriage falls apart there can be abuse and it can happen on both sides of a marriage. Oftentimes and in most cases domestic violence and abuse come from one dominant partner involved in the marriage and it is used to control the other less dominant spouse. 

Domestic violence is defined as the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically. 

Domestic violence can even be fatal. Unfortunately, the most dangerous period for victims of domestic violence is when they do decide to leave their abuser and file for divorce. This is why many choose to get a restraining order. As recent cases in the Boston area have shown it is important get out of a difficult situation and alert law enforcement of potential risks and protect yourself. 

Very often the victims of abuse feel trapped and powerless to take action and escape the marriage by divorce. They are not sure if they can file a restraining order or under what conditions they can get a divorce.

Can you file a 209A Restraining Order? Yes, on under the following conditions:

If your abuser

  • harms you physically,
  • tries to harm you physically,
  • makes you afraid that serious physical harm is going to happen to you or causes you to be in imminent fear of bodily harm, or
  • threatens, pressures, or forces you to have sex.

At Amaral & Associates, P.C. We can help you navigate these divorce and domestic violence orders quickly and effectively. People who are dealing with Divorce and Domestic Violence issues in Massachusetts often seek our guidance on the following situations:

  • Emergency, temporary and/or long-term orders of protection are necessary to protect against violence and abuse by an ex-spouse or intimate partner
  • Allegations of domestic violence or abuse are raised by accusers who are preparing to speak with Attorneys 

Our clear goals in every domestic violence and divorce and family law case include protection of all of our clients’ legal rights and personal well-being. We have in-depth knowledge of how the courts in Suffolk County, Middlesex County and Essex County approach and deal with 209A restraining orders.

Edward L. Amaral, Jr. will assess all facts of your case and help you decide on the best way to proceed with your divorce or initiate another potentially adversarial step such as a paternity action. Divorce and Domestic violence is a serious situation. No one should have to live in fear or have to deal with allegations against you that pose a threat to your position in divorce, your parental rights, access to your home or other priorities

For Counsel You Can Trust, call 617-539-1010  ext. 111 Or Contact Us Online

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