Accused of Domestic Violence in Tampa?
Work with Our Experienced Tampa Family Law Lawyer
Accusations of domestic violence are serious and can have significant implications on a family. In Florida, the law defines domestic violence as assault, battery, sexual abuse, stalking, or kidnapping by one household or family member against another that causes injury or death. Domestic violence can occur between spouses, parents and children, or partners living in the same home.
Unfortunately, it has been discovered that people often make false allegations against the other party for various reasons, such as:
- Possession of the family residence
- To limit the other parent's access to children
Those who have been accused of domestic violence have rights. As an experienced attorney, I can help those who need to have their rights protected. Catherine W. Real, P.A. is a dedicated law firm that will help you protect your right to see your children. If you are accused of domestic violence, Attorney Real can investigate the claim of the accused and combat any false accusations.
Domestic Violence & Child Custody
Domestic violence can dramatically affect a child custody case in Florida. Florida laws are created to protect children, and family law courts are required to make all custody decisions in the best interests of the child involved. If a parent is considered abusive, chances are that the court won't allow that adult to be the physical or legal custodian of the child. The court evaluates the following characteristics when determining whether or not that parent should have partial or full custody:
- Parent's character
- Parenting abilities
- Relationship with the child
Prepare for Two Different Court Cases
When a party is accused of domestic violence, the case will typically be dealt with on two legal fronts. The defendant may be taken to criminal court. In addition to the criminal proceeding, the case may be handled in a family court. If a parent is abusive, children may be placed in another home where they will be safer. Also, a spouse may want to take out a restraining order against his or her spouse so that the abusive individual will not continue to come over and be a threat to the family.
Help for Victims from Our Tampa Domestic Violence Attorney
We also assist those who are victims of domestic violence. If domestic violence has occurred in a home, the victim or a witness should call 911 immediately. After this, you may be able to get an injunction for protection against domestic violence from your county circuit court. The injunction is a court order that demands that an abuser cease all violence and threats against you. If he or she does not comply, then he or she risks going to jail.
If you are dealing with a domestic violence issue, don't fight alone.
Contact the firm today to get a Tampa family law attorney on your side.