Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Allegations of domestic violence can dramatically affect almost any issue associated with a divorce. From child custody to spousal support, the courts tend to favor the interests of the abused spouse over the abuser.

For more than 10 years, our attorneys at Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri have handled complex divorce cases involving domestic violence. Looking for an experienced attorney? Contact our law firm today — we offer clients a free initial consultation.

Experienced Domestic Violence Lawyers

We recognize that domestic violence is a serious issue. More than 200,000 reports of domestic violence occur in California each year. Equally troubling is the number of false allegations made to gain the upper hand in a child custody dispute. While our attorneys are ready to aggressively obtain restraining orders for domestic violence victims, we are also fully prepared to defend clients against false domestic violence claims.

Our lawyers have significant experience litigating cases involving domestic violence. This often involves obtaining and examining police and hospital records to either substantiate or refute claims of domestic violence. In addition, we have experience in obtaining records from various social media sites such as Facebook, which can be instrumental in effectively defending false allegations of domestic violence. Our goal is to fully understand the nature of the abuse and to analyze its overall effect on the divorce process.

What Constitutes Domestic Violence?

California has a broad definition of domestic violence. It involves intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury, or sexual assault; or placing a family member in reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury.

Specifically, domestic violence involves:

  • Stalking
  • Child abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Destruction of personal property
  • Physical violence by a husband or wife
  • Harassment of a spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend
  • Unwanted visits to see children in school or at other locations

No-Fault Divorce State

California is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that couples may obtain a divorce without having to prove that one side was responsible for causing the marriage to end. Nevertheless, allegations of domestic violence often result in either side filing for a divorce and can greatly affect the outcome of child custody and spousal support determinations. Our attorneys have represented many clients with domestic abuse concerns and helped them protect their interests regarding child support, spousal support and property division.