Was your divorce upended by a domestic violence accusation?

On behalf of South Tampa Law Group posted in divorce on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Ending a marriage can be an emotionally difficult period of your life, which can be complicated by extenuating circumstances. If your soon-to-be ex has accused you of domestic violence, you have more than just your divorce to worry about. These accusations are often accompanied by restraining orders, and it is very important that you handle these in the correct manner.

Because of the sensitive nature of domestic violence claims, these cases typically move very quickly, and you might be surprised at how fast your spouse was able to obtain a temporary restraining order. You will likely be notified of an upcoming hearing, during which a Florida judge will decide if the order should be changed to permanent. However, even a temporary order can seriously upend your life, and you could:

  • Be removed from your home
  • Lose access to your children
  • Lose your job
  • Face criminal prosecution
  • Be at a disadvantage during custody cases

An accusation of domestic violence can also impact the outcome of your divorce. If you are a parent, you may feel most worried about the potential effect on your ability to continue seeing your children. Even if you have not done anything, this accusation from your ex can shift the trajectory of not just your divorce, but the rest of your life.

Unfortunately, some individuals will go to extreme lengths to secure an upper hand during divorce proceedings. If you need help navigating the often complicated world of restraining orders, domestic violence accusations and divorce, do not wait. These issues can be time sensitive, so you should address them in as timely a manner as possible. Additional information regarding these topics and other Florida family law issues is readily available on our website.