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New Jersey’s Prevention of Domestic Violence Act provides important protections for individuals who have been harmed or abused by their spouses, former spouses, domestic partners and other members of their households. If you or a member of your family is a victim of domestic violence, our Haddon Heights attorneys can help you seek protection in the New Jersey courts, and we encourage you to contact us right away so that we can begin the process of filing for a restraining order.
Under New Jersey law, domestic violence is defined as the commission of any of the following acts against (i) a spouse or former spouse, (ii) any other household member, (iii) a parent of a shared child (including a pregnant mother), or (iv) someone with whom the abuser is in a dating relationship:
If you or a loved one has experienced violence, it is not important that you know which specific offense the abuser has committed. What is important is that you seek help as soon as possible. At Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A., our Haddon Heights domestic violence attorneys can take action immediately to protect you (if necessary), and we will be by your side every step of the way until you and your loved ones have adequate legal protection in place.
Under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, the primary form of protection available to victims of domestic violence is a domestic violence restraining order. When you go to court, the first step is to obtain a temporary restraining order (TRO), which the judge will grant if he or she determines that there is an imminent danger of further violence. Once issued, the TRO will be sent to law enforcement immediately so that it can be served on the abuser. After obtaining a TRO, you can then seek a final restraining order, which may include protections such as:
A final domestic violence restraining order can also:
Also, with respect to individuals going through a divorce, please note that frequently, spouses/paramours utilize restraining orders to settle disputes about parenting time, possession of the residence, the kids, as result of jealousy or revenge, or to obtain a financial advantage in a divorce.
If you would like help filing for a domestic violence restraining order in Haddon Heights, please contact us right away. You can reach our offices at (877) 435-6371; or, if you send us your contact information, we will be in touch as soon as possible.
Don’t let your rights be jeopardized.