Winter Park Domestic Violence Attorney
Winter Park Family Attorneys
Domestic violence is called many different things, such as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, elder abuse, or family violence. Regardless of the term, domestic violence is a serious matter that must be treated as such.
Under Florida law, domestic violence includes acts including assault, battery, sexual assault, false imprisonment, stalking, and kidnapping against a member of the family or household. Domestic violence can involve spouses, former spouses, children, romantic partners, parents, or any other blood relatives or people who share a residence. Domestic violence can have many effects for everyone involved, including mental and physical injuries, criminal consequences, and family law consequences.
At Sperling Ducker in Winter Park, Florida, we have dedicated Winter Park domestic violence attorneys that strive to provide comprehensive domestic violence representation to those in need of protection. We pride ourselves on our exceptional reputation for client service and ability to work on creating cost-effective and efficient solutions to domestic violence and other family law issues. We understand the urgent nature of domestic violences matters and work to protect your family law rights whether you have been a victims or have been accused of domestic abuse.
Helping Victims of Elder Abuse in Florida
Many seniors experience abuse at the hands of their families or other parties. In fact, the majority of victims suffer elder abuse at the hands of family members or other trusted caretakers. For this reason, many elder abuse cases constitute domestic violence. Older adults can be particularly susceptible to physical or emotional abuse, often due to relative physical weakness or mental impairments. They can also suffer serious physical and emotional injuries at the hands of a domestic abuser. If you have been abused or believe that you elderly loved one has been the victim of abuse, you should discuss your legal options with an experienced domestic violence and elder law attorney as soon as possible. We take great satisfaction in protecting seniors. To schedule your flat-rate consultation with a knowledgeable lawyer at our office, contact our firm today.
Domestic Violence and Divorce
In some family law cases, one individual accuse the other of domestic violence as a tactic to get what he or she wants. This does occur, but many abuse allegations are accurate and must be factored in to any child custody, child support, or alimony (spousal support) decisions.
In addition to the many terms for domestic violence, there are also many ways in which abuse can be inflicted. Emotional abuse, verbal abuse and harassment are also forms of domestic violence that may never leave a physical mark like assault and battery do. However, these types of abuse are just as harmful and have a drastic impact on a person throughout the course of a relationship or marriage.
If you and/or your children have been the victims of domestic abuse, we can help you obtain a restraining order that can prohibit the abuser from contacting you or from living in your family home. Courts will often issue an emergency order, however, to get a longer-term order, you will have to attend a court hearing. Your abuser will also be able to attend the hearing and defend against the need for the order. In such a situation, it is critical to be represented by a domestic abuse lawyer who understands how such hearings work and the best way to ensure you receive the protective order you deserve.
On the other hand, if someone wrongfully accuses you of domestic violence, you need to make sure you have a skilled lawyer on your side who can help to challenge the order against you. In addition, an experienced family law attorney will be able to defend against wrongful allegations of domestic abuse in your divorce or custody cases, as well. If you do not have high-quality representation, you can risk losing access to your children and may even face criminal charges and penalties, as well.
It is important to note the following about how our Winter Park office handles domestic abuse cases:
- It is important that you be honest with your attorney about the abuse you have or have not suffered. We can then make the determination as to how to proceed with your family law case, and possibly obtaining a restraining order.
- While we are dedicated to providing skilled and knowledgeable domestic violence representation to clients, our involvement in these cases is to focus on the family law side of the issue and not the criminal.
Contact an Experienced Winter Park Domestic Abuse Attorney Today
Domestic abuse can happen in many different contexts and can take many different forms. At Sperling Ducker we understand how significant the effect of domestic violence can be on your life and on the outcome of any accompanying family law matters including divorce, custody, or support. Most domestic violence cases must be addressed immediately to ensure the best results for you, your children, or your elderly loved ones. To further discuss your domestic violence issues, get in touch with an Winter Park domestic violence attorney by telephone at 407.645.3297 or by submitting the intake form on our Contact Us page.