Divorce is not easy for anyone. However, it can become immeasurably more difficult if you have been the victim of domestic abuse. When you need a Westlake Village divorce attorney, you can count on the team at the Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi. We are ready to step in and help you with all of your divorce matters. This includes the complexities involved with restraining orders or protective orders. Let us get to work on your case today.
On average, around 20 people are abused a minute by an intimate partner in the United States. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 32.9% of women and 27.3% of men in California experience intimate partner physical violence in their lifetimes. Each day in this state, thousands of women, men, and children deal with the terrifying reality of domestic violence. One of the hardest decisions an abused spouse can make is to leave and divorce their abusers. Many struggle with and suffer from abuse for years before making this difficult decision.
We want to let you know that California is a no-fault divorce state. This means that there need not be a reason for divorce, and your case will proceed like any other. In this state, nothing affects the grounds of the divorce in the eyes of the law. However, domestic violence will certainly have an impact on the proceedings.
You may wish to file for a restraining order, and your Westlake Village divorce attorney can help you through that process. If there is a restraining order in place, the divorce proceedings will have to operate differently than they normally would. The restraining order is going to impact the proceedings because the two spouses may not be allowed to be near each other.
If this is the case, you will need the help of an attorney to handle negotiations for you. Not only is this a good idea legally but also emotionally. If you have been abused by your spouse, you should not be in the room with them making decisions about important divorce matters.
Tensions will inevitably run high, and the situation could get out of control. The following matters should all be resolved through calm, skillful negotiations on the part of your attorney:
One of the most important things a person can do when they are going through a difficult divorce is to secure a compassionate and knowledgeable attorney to be by their side. At the Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi, you can count on an advocate to help you through this entire process. When domestic violence is a factor, your safety is important. We will deal with that first, then handle all other important divorce matters. When you need a Westlake Village divorce lawyer, you can contact us for a consultation by calling 805-379-4550.