Petitions For Protection From Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a serious problem. It can and does occur in almost any setting, but is particularly common in situations where an individual or couple is undergoing a stressful time in their lives such as separation or divorce.

No one should ever be subject to verbal or physical abuse. If you have experienced abuse from a current or former spouse, an experienced attorney may be able to assist you by helping you obtain court-ordered protection. When a family member is at risk because of emotional or physical abuse from another family member with whom he or she lives, filing a Petition for Relief from Domestic Violence may be essential to protect one's safety and well-being while providing financial support and stability throughout the ordeal.

On the other hand, it is equally important to seek out the services of an experienced attorney if wrongfully accused of committing an act of domestic abuse. Failure to defend oneself could lead to serious consequences, including having to move out of the family home for a prolonged time, the loss of child custody and serious financial problems. Failing to defend against a Petition could result in an order that limits visitation with your child or children on an interim basis and the ability to communicate with family members.

Competent Legal Advice

The law firm of Richard L. Healy, P.C., helps clients by providing competent legal advice regarding whether to file a Petition for Relief from Domestic Violence. Similarly, Richard L. Healy, P.C., defends individuals who have been accused of domestic violence and works hard to protect their rights as well.

Process To File For Relief

If there is domestic abuse as defined by the statute, a person needs to clearly understand his or her rights to file a Petition for Relief from Domestic Violence.

What should you expect at the initial hearing and the subsequent hearing, if the court grants an interim order? An emergency hearing will likely take place before either a District or Circuit Court judge who may or may not issue a temporary order. If a temporary petition is granted, a full hearing on the merits will normally be conducted seven days thereafter. At this hearing, the court will determine whether to issue a final protective order and what relief, if any, to incorporate into the order.

Answers To Your Questions

Do you have questions or concerns about filing a Petition for Protection from Domestic Violence? Have you been served with an interim order and petition?

When you need advice, request a free initial consultation with Maryland lawyer Richard L. Healy via email or with a call to 240-252-4163 (in Gaithersburg) or 301-663-8470 (in Frederick) .