New Jersey DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAWYER
Experienced Attorney Delivers Zealous Representation
Any family that is dealing with domestic violence issues is in a fragile state. Victims deserve protection and should understand and know how to undertake the steps to getting it. At the same time, people accused of perpetrating violence face damage to their reputations and family relationships, and potentially worse consequences, and they may also need help. When you need a family lawyer with experience handling cases involving domestic violence [MFR] Men’s & Fathers’ Rights Divorce Lawyers is here for you.
Call our law firm at (201) 880-9770 to arrange a time to speak with a New Jersey domestic violence lawyer. We are strong advocates for victims of abuse as well as the accused.
Why Choose Our Law Firm?
Clients consistently choose our New Jersey family law firm because we provide outstanding legal support in complex cases.
- Carrie S. Schultz is an award-winning lawyer who is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney.
- Our team of well-qualified attorneys has decades of combined legal experience.
- We only handle cases involving domestic violence, divorce, child custody, child support, equitable distribution, visitation, and other family law-related areas.
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What a New Jersey Domestic Violence Attorney Will Do for You
Our domestic violence lawyers handle restraining orders and work to protect the legal rights of individuals accused of perpetrating abuse.
Assisting Domestic Violence Victims
If you are the victim of domestic violence, we can help you obtain an order of protection. You can request a restraining order if the perpetrator of violence against you is a spouse or former spouse, is someone you live/lived with or are dating or dated, or is someone you have a child with or with whom you are expecting a child. Asking for a restraining order should not be taken lightly. If you are unsure whether you need or meet the legal requirements to obtain a restraining order, one of our New Jersey restraining order lawyers can assess your situation and give you the appropriate legal advice. We can also offer guidance about bringing criminal charges if appropriate.
It is crucial for you to know that if you feel your life, safety, or well-being is in immediate danger, you should always first dial 911.
Representing the Accused
Our New Jersey domestic violence lawyers also vigorously represent clients who need to defend against restraining orders and accusations of domestic abuse. A mistake, misunderstanding, or spitefully motivated relationship should not strip you of your rights, especially not of your right to custody or visitation as a parent. And having a final restraining order against you can have long term implications in your divorce and with custody issues. We will build the strongest possible defense for your circumstances.
We Will Help You through Powerful Legal Advocacy
No matter what side of the case you are on, the NJ divorce and domestic violence lawyer from our firm who handles your case will not be judgmental. We are here to advocate on your behalf to help you accomplish the end result you need. We will communicate with you effectively and efficiently during all aspects of your case. You will never be left to handle your difficult situation alone.
How New Jersey Law Defines Domestic Violence
The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991 (N.J.S.A. 2C:25-17) describes a wide range of behaviors that can elicit domestic violence charges if perpetrated against someone protected under the Act. They include the following:
- Terroristic threats
- Criminal restraint
- False imprisonment
- Sexual assault
- Criminal sexual contact
- Criminal mischief
- Criminal trespassing
- Criminal coercion
- Violation of a restraining order
- Intentional child endangerment
- Cyber harassment.
- Financial Coercion
As you can see, domestic violence is not only about physical abuse. If you are unsure whether any of these behaviors described here apply to your situation, we can help you determine the truth.
NJ Divorce and Domestic Violence Lawyer Answers FAQs
What happens when police are called to a domestic violence scene?
Police officers are required to write reports when called to a scene of a domestic dispute and may even make an arrest, depending on the circumstances. Companion criminal charges may also be filed based on factors that include the severity of the incident, prior convictions of the accused, whether the accused is on probation or parole, and any mitigating or aggravating circumstances. If children are involved or witness the situation, child protection services will be called automatically and an investigation will ensue.
Are men at a disadvantage in domestic abuse allegations?
While it is true that women report that they are victims domestic violence more than men, men are also very widely abused. However, when men claim domestic violence, it may not be taken as seriously. Likewise, when men are accused of abuse they are often seen as “guilty until proven innocent.” When you work with one of our New Jersey domestic violence attorneys, we will do everything in our power to ensure your fair treatment in the legal system.
What can I do if I am falsely accused?
Sometimes, in divorce, spouses may make false accusations of domestic violence to get the upper hand in child custody decisions, think that they will have financial leverage in a divorce action, or simply to get back at their spouse when they are angry. If you have been falsely accused, we will thoroughly investigate the facts and work to deal with the allegations as appropriate.
Can I lose custody rights if I am accused of domestic violence?
If you are accused of domestic violence, there is a rebuttable presumption, temporarily, that the other parent gets custody. If you are found to have committed domestic violence and the Court issues you a Final Restraining order, that temporary rebuttal presumption becomes more permanent and very impactful on your rights to custody and parenting timedepending upon the facts of the case and the nature of the violence.
Turn to Our New Jersey Family Law Firm for Help
Our New Jersey domestic violence lawyers have extensive experience helping clients in difficult and complex situations. Whether you are a domestic violence survivor or have been accused of such a crime, we will stalwartly stand up for your rights and interests. Contact [MFR] Men’s & Fathers’ Rights Divorce Lawyers at (201) 880-9770 to arrange a consultation so we can understand your circumstances and you can learn how we can help you.