Law Firm Helps You with Domestic Violence & Restraining Orders in Madison County, AL
Serving as a strong ally when you need us most
At Sree B. Ravi, P.C., Attorney at Law, we understand the challenges and stigma associated with domestic violence. It is estimated that 2.3 million people in the United States each year are the victims of rape and/or physical assault at the hand of a former spouse or significant other. Our firm provides a safe and supportive environment where you get the legal help you need whether you are the victim of domestic abuse or are facing allegations of violence. We go the extra mile to ensure that your case is handled professionally and fairly and strive to obtain the best results possible for you.
What are the requirements for obtaining an order of protection?
Alabama law states that a person may petition the court for an order of protection if certain criteria are met:
- The individual must be at least 18 years old or emancipated.
- The individual must have experienced an act of abuse.
- The individual must have a qualified relationship with the defendant.
Qualified relationships are categories of family and household members, including spouses, former spouses, parents and certain relatives. The court considers several factors in determining the applicability of a restraining order:
- Severity of the injury
- Use of weapons
- Behavior of the perpetrator, such as an obsession or unhealthy focus on the victim
- Perpetrator’s criminal history
- Potential for future danger, including access to weapons, specialized weapons training, drug or alcohol abuse, and relationship status with the victim
Certain behaviors, such as verbal abuse, are generally not considered severe enough to warrant an order of protection. Courts usually require physical evidence of abuse before issuing restraining orders. Courts do not grant orders of protection if it is found that one spouse is falsifying accusations to gain an advantage during divorce proceedings.
How do domestic violence issues affect child custody and visitation agreements?
In Alabama, there is a rebuttable presumption that a parent found to be a perpetrator of domestic violence should not have custody of children. Allegations of domestic violence can prevent the accused from being able to receive visitation or custody rights. The court may also impose strict visitation guidelines and restrictions to protect children from perpetrators of domestic violence. An experienced family lawyer can ensure that your rights and your children’s best interests are protected.
Consult an experienced domestic violence attorney in Huntsville
At Sree B. Ravi, P.C., Attorney at Law, we understand the emotional and physical toll domestic violence can take on families. Visit our Huntsville office for a free initial consultation to discuss your case today. Call us at 256-937-1540 or contact us online.