Domestic Violence

Domestic ViolenceAfter the Courts issue a Temporary Restraining Order, it is imperative that both a Victim seeking protection and a Defendant facing serious collateral consequences seek professional advice.

Once a Complaint is filed by a Victim, the Plaintiff must be assured that the Complaint includes the whole story, including any history of past violence (reported or unreported) so he or she is not limited in the Final Restraining Order. The Victim must be prepared to address issues such as financial support, parenting time and practical tips or safety planning to assure a smooth and safe transition to the “new normal” after the court hearing in completed. Our attorneys are recognized volunteers serving victims through organizations such as Safe in Hunterdon and working with County Prosecutors throughout the State.

Unfortunately, there are occasions when one party to a divorce will attempt to use a Temporary or Final Restraining Order to have the other party removed from the marital residence and gain leverage in that proceeding. This is when a Defendant must have an experienced trial attorney who is not afraid to conduct a hearing immediately. Our experienced attorneys regularly appear in court for contested hearings, sometimes with less than a week to prepare, and can protect these clients from the collateral damage caused when a Final Restraining Order is issued during a divorce. We stay current on developments in case law in this area and we know the Rules of Evidence essential in every Domestic Violence Restraining Order Hearing. A Final Restraining Order can impact your ability to secure a Firearm Purchaser Identification Card and your right to have any weapons returned. It can also result in employment consequences if employers have access to the Central Registry maintained by the Attorney General’s Office, which is particularly important if you are a teacher, daycare provider, doctor, nurse or in law enforcement.

With the quick “summary” nature of Domestic Violence proceedings, it is essential that your attorney act immediately on your behalf. We are here to take action.


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