Winter Park Domestic Violence Injunction Attorney
Helping Clients with Domestic Violence Issues in Florida
The State of Florida takes domestic violence very seriously, which is why there are certain procedures by which you can protect yourself and your family from harm. For more than 30 years, our lawyers at the Troum Law Firm have been fighting for the rights and safety of families in Orange and Seminole Counties. Please contact our office to set up a consultation with a Winter Park domestic violence injunction attorney right away, and read on for some important information.
Purpose of Florida Domestic Violence Injunction Laws
Florida’s statute on domestic violence allows you to obtain an injunction against someone who has engaged in designated forms of violence or threats. An injunction is a court order directing a person to cease from this conduct, along with other requirements depending on the circumstances. Under the law, domestic violence is any assault or battery that causes physical harm to a member of the family or household, including:
- Spouses and former spouses;
- Individuals who are related by blood or marriage;
- People who are currently sharing a home or who have lived together as a family in the past;
- Parents who share a child, regardless of whether they were or are married or have resided together; and,
- Certain dating or intimate relationships.
Types of Domestic Violence Injunctions and Examples
There are four forms of injunctions under Florida law, which address different types of violence:
- Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence, which you can pursue after just one incident;
- Injunction Against Repeat Violence, an expansive order that covers more than just family or household members;
- Injunction Against Dating Violence, where the abuser is someone with whom you’ve had a personal relationship in the previous six months; and,
- Injunction Against Sexual Violence, if you’re the victim of sexual violence as defined by Florida law.
Through a petition for any of these injunctions, you can request the court to order the individual to do or refrain from doing certain acts. Examples include:
- Cease the violence;
- Stop harassment;
- Vacate a shared home;
- Avoid contact with you; and,
- Attend counseling.
In addition, an injunction can also include a temporary order regarding child custody, visitation, alimony, and child support.
Obtaining a Domestic Violence Injunction
The goal of an injunction is to provide immediate, urgent protection against domestic violence, which is why Florida law allows you to obtain one on an emergency basis. You can file a petition without having to provide notice to the other individual. If you meet the statutory requirements, a judge can issue an emergency domestic violence injunction right away.
Still, the emergency order is only temporary because the other person has not yet had a chance to appear in court. A short time after the initial order is entered, you must attend court for another hearing to extend the injunction or request other relief.
Reach Out to a Winter Park Domestic Violence Injunction Attorney
Please contact The Troum Law Firm, P.A. right away to discuss domestic violence injunctions. You can set up a consultation by calling 321-428-2247 or via our online consultation form. We can review your circumstances and get started on the legal process to protect you and your family.