The unfortunate reality is that domestic violence is something that still occurs in our society, and far more than any of us would like to think. If you are a victim of domestic violence, a Chesapeake domestic violence lawyer here at Patzig Law is here to help you. Do not wait another minute. Contact us today.
Chesapeake Domestic Violence Lawyer | Here to Keep You Safe
Victims of domestic violence need a strong legal advocate on their side. Here at Patzig Law, our compassionate, dedicated team of attorneys has what it takes to effectively handle your case. With us on your side, you will never feel alone.
How is Domestic Violence Defined in Virginia?
The first thing you should understand is that domestic violence is gender-blind. Men and women of all races, sexual orientations, and more, can commit domestic violence. Further, you should understand that for an act of violence to be considered domestic violence, it must occur between a current or former spouse, roommates, inlaws, people who’ve lived together in the last year, or between two people who have a child together. Finally, you should know that domestic violence is not limited to physical attacks, though this is perhaps the most common form of domestic violence; domestic violence can also come in the form of sexual assault, verbal abuse, psychological abuse, and more.
Obtaining a Protective Order in Virginia
If you are a victim of domestic violence, the first thing you should do is call the police, especially if you believe you are in immediate danger. From here, you should then speak with an experienced Chesapeake domestic violence lawyer who can work to file a protective order on your behalf. A protective order will essentially prevent the abuser from contacting you and any other victims. The three types of protective orders available in Virginia are as follows:
- Emergency Protective Orders: These are granted immediately after the act of violence occurred, and are in place for up to 72 hours.
- Preliminary Protective Orders: After you receive your emergency protective order, we can request a preliminary protective order to extend the duration of the initial protective order to 14 days. You may also receive temporary possession of your home, a jointly owned vehicle, and temporary sole custody of your child.
- Final Protective Orders: After you receive a preliminary protective order, you will attend a hearing within 14 days regarding making the temporary protective order final. As long as we can prove that you are truly a victim of domestic violence and have a genuine fear for your safety, the court should grant a final protective order, which can last for up to two years.
How Domestic Violence Impacts Child Custody in Virginia
As you can imagine, an act of domestic violence between parents often has a significant effect on child custody terms, as if a parent is deemed a danger to either the child or the child’s other parent, the court should reason that it is not in the child’s best interests to be around the dangerous individual. In many cases, if you can prove that an incident of domestic violence occurred, you will receive sole custody of your child. Our firm is here to help you through any family law issue that should arise out of the incident(s) of domestic violence.
Contact a Chesapeake Domestic Violence Lawyer
We understand how hard it can be to come forward, but if you are a victim of domestic violence, the time to act is now. Our legal team is ready to do everything in our power to ensure that you and your family are safe and free from worry. Contact Patzig Law today.