Sadly, domestic violence affects more than 10 million victims every year in the United States. Domestic violence includes physical assault, sexual abuse, psychological and emotional abuse, stalking, and threats. If you are in a violent or abusive relationship, it is important to get help immediately. As an experienced East Brunswick criminal defense and family law attorney, I have helped hundreds of clients seek a positive outcome for domestic violence and divorce cases. Courts have laws in place to deal with domestic violence and divorce, and I can help you understand your options.
If you are in a domestic violence situation, here are 3 things you can do:
- Protect yourself and your loved ones. Safety is the first priority. If you are concerned that you and your children are not safe, you should get out immediately and go to a courthouse. Once there, you can file a protective order against your spouse, which will typically be served by the sheriff’s office. Make sure the order gives you custody of your children as well. Protective orders usually last 1 year, but you can ask for an additional extension of 1 year if needed.
- Seek a divorce. In New Jersey, domestic violence is grounds for divorce. If your spouse is threatening your safety or treating you cruelly, you can file divorce papers and have them served to your spouse. You must wait at least 3 months after the last incident to file for divorce, and either you or your spouse must have lived in New Jersey for a minimum of 1 year. Courts will allow divorce settlements through out-of-court mediations or formal hearings to determine child custody and visitation rights, division of property, and other issues.
- Pursue civil or criminal charges. You can file a lawsuit against your spouse to seek compensation for damages, lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. In addition, you can file a complaint for criminal offenses, including assault, harassment, theft, and stalking. Once you file the criminal complaint, the prosecutor will pursue the charges in litigation.
Passionate Legal Assistance for Domestic Violence & Divorce Cases
For more than 15 years, my firm has provided representation for clients in divorce and domestic violence cases. Whatever your situation, I can provide legal assistance as you seek a favorable outcome. I know you are going through an extremely stressful and scary time, and I can gather evidence, build a case, and represent you in court.Contact the Law Offices of Ryan E. Gilbert, LLC today for a free consultation