It is natural for couples to have fights and various arguments throughout their relationship. However, when these fights escalate to include verbal abuse and physical assault, you should know that protection is available to you. Whether your abuser is your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend or partner, domestic violence and abuse is a crime – seeking the counsel of a skilled New Jersey family law attorney is often the best method for getting help with this type of situation. For your protection, a New Jersey family law attorney can help you obtain a restraining order.
In New Jersey, a restraining order is a court-order issued by a judge that provides specific protection for your safety and well-being. If you are the victim of threats or abusive behaviors, you should contact a local police department, call 9-1-1 or go to a local court house and report the incident. A judge is available and is on-call, even after hours, for these types of emergency situations and has the power to execute an immediate temporary restraining order.
After a temporary restraining order has been issued, a formal hearing will take place before a superior court judge in the family division to determine if the temporary restraining order should be converted into a final restraining order. Both sides have the opportunity to present their cases to the court, and a judge will make the final decision. If granted, this restraining order serves as full protection for an indefinite period of time. If the abuser fails to comply with the terms of the final restraining order, the violation can result in a criminal record and possible jail time.
For domestic violence questions or concerns, contact us in New Jersey at the Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group, or call us at (973)520-8822. We are a family law firm with the experience and commitment to help you with your most complex legal needs.