Domestic Violence Attorney | Orlando
I think I am in an abusive relationship. What should I do?
What is Domestic Violence?
According to Florida statute 741.28, domestic violence is defined as “any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member,” and all of the following are considered acts of domestic violence:
- Aggravated assault;
- Aggravated battery;
- Sexual assault;
- Sexual battery;
- Aggravated stalking;
- Kidnapping; or
- False imprisonment.
Domestic violence does not only happen when a man beats up a girlfriend or wife. In fact, when any family or household member commits a violent act against another household or family member, domestic violence has occurred. Family or household members include:
- Former spouses;
- Those who are related by blood or marriage;
- Those who are currently residing together as a family or those who have resided as a family in the past; and
- Parents of a common child, regardless of current or past marriage.
In order to qualify as a family or household member, the parties must currently be, or have been in the past, residing in the same home, except for two people who have a child together.
Elder Abuse is a Form of Domestic Violence
The vast majority of elder abuse is caused by family members. Elder abuse consists of emotional, physical, sexual, or financial abuse, and can seriously impact the health and longevity of an older adult. Our Orlando domestic violence attorneys take pride in protecting our senior citizen clients, and urge you to reach out to a lawyer if you or a loved one has experienced abuse.
How Domestic Violence Impacts Divorce
The first step that should be taken to combat domestic violence is getting away from the abuser and quickly applying for a restraining order. If you are going through divorce, the domestic violence record of the other party will greatly impact the divorce in a variety of ways, from asset division to child support and custody.
Serving Those Wrongfully Accused of Domestic Violence
While uncommon, spouses have been known to create false allegations of domestic abuse in order to gain child custody or to deny a parent his or her visitation rights. If you are facing false allegations, it is important to seek legal help at once and be completely honest with your attorney from the start.
Contact Us Today for Help
Domestic violence is a serious crime, and that affects millions of households across the country. In fact, intimate partner crime accounting for 15 percent of all violent crime, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). Domestic abuse is also one of the most, if not the most, under reported crime as well. If you or a family member have been the victim of domestic abuse, you need professional legal help to make sure that it stops. Here at Sperling Ducker PLC, our Orlando domestic violence attorneys provide the legal support to make sure that the abuser is stopped once and for all. We urge you to call or email us today for help.
Struggling with child custody or a divorce? Not sure how to plan for you or a loved one’s elder care? If you are seeking legal representation contact Sperling Ducker PLC, Attorneys and Counselors at Law. Call us at 407-645-3297 or send us a send us a message. Visit our Winter Park and Orlando office. Sperling Ducker serves Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Maitland, Orlando, Oviedo, Winter Garden, Winter Park and Winter Springs and surrounding areas.