If you are a victim of domestic violence, our firm will swiftly and effectively fight on your behalf. To learn how our legal team will work to obtain a restraining order to protect you, continue reading and contact our Morristown domestic violence lawyer.

How is domestic violence defined in New Jersey?

Domestic violence is not limited to any specific gender, sexual orientation, or otherwise. Men and women can be both abusers and victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence is also not limited to physical attacks. Domestic violence can come in the form of verbal, sexual, or psychological abuse as well.

An act is considered domestic violence when it occurs between intimate partners who are married, dating, or living together. It can also occur between any person who is a former or current household member.

What should I know about temporary restraining orders in New Jersey?

Victims of domestic violence are protected under the New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 199 which allows them to seek both criminal and civil relief from their abuser. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you can receive a temporary restraining order from your local family court or local police department. It is important that you act now. If you are in immediate danger, it is best to call the police directly to get you and your children to safety.

What should I know about final restraining orders in New Jersey?

Within 10 days of issuing a temporary restraining order against an alleged abuser, the court will schedule a hearing where you and your family law attorney will work to prove that the incidents of abuse occurred. This will be done by utilizing evidence such as text messages, medical records, and more. If this is successful, the temporary restraining order should be made final. During this time, you can also file criminal charges against your abuser through a Criminal Complaint where you reside, where the abuser resides, where you are currently being sheltered, or where the incident occurred.

The purpose of a restraining order will prevent the individual from contacting you and your children. If you share children with your abuser, this restraining order will likely lead to a modification of your initial child custody agreement.

If you have any further questions about this process, do not hesitate to reach out to our Morristown criminal defense lawyer.

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