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Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders

Los Angeles Domestic Violence Restraining Order Lawyer

Protection From Abuse and Violence in California

People who have been abused by their spouses, ex-spouses, or partners should take immediate action to protect themselves and any children involved. There are legal options available to protect people who are experiencing any form of domestic violence or civil harassment. Domestic violence should always be taken seriously; an experienced family law attorney will help domestic violence survivors take legal steps to protect themselves and their families.

At the Santa Monica law firm of Cooper-Gordon LLP, we help survivors of domestic abuse and family violence obtain fast and effective legal protection. We are committed to our clients and are genuinely concerned about their welfare.

Domestic Violence and Civil Harassment

Domestic violence and civil harassment both involve acts of verbal harassment or physical abuse. The difference between domestic violence and civil harassment lie in the relationships between the two parties: domestic violence generally refers to actions between people in a relationship; civil harassment is between non-family members.

Obtaining and Enforcing Restraining Orders

We advise victims of domestic violence to obtain restraining orders. This legal order will prevent the abuser from contacting the victim, coming near the home, or visiting the victim's workplace. A restraining order is a practical solution to the problem of domestic violence and carries serious consequences for anyone who chooses to violate the order.

There are several types of restraining orders available under California law. The lawyers at Cooper-Gordon LLP can advise clients of their options and answer their questions about the impact these orders may have on their lives. We represent clients in court to obtain domestic violence restraining orders and civil harassment restraining orders, and work to enforce those orders if they are violated.

Contesting Restraining Orders

Our firm also defends people who have received restraining orders. It is not uncommon for one party in a divorce to falsely accuse the other of domestic violence to gain an upper hand in child custody or divorce proceedings. Vexatious litigants use this tactic in part because there is a presumption in family law cases that a party accused of domestic violence should not be granted child custody rights.

If you believe you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, you should obtain qualified legal counsel immediately because there is a limited time during which people accused of domestic violence can contest the restraining order. We work vigorously to defend our clients against illegitimate accusations of domestic violence in order to get any restraining orders removed or the issue dismissed.