Domestic Violence: Parenting Time And Custody Issues

Domestic violence and custody issues are complex. Getting a temporary protective order (TPO) is a big step, but an important one, if you need to protect yourself and your family.

At Bruner & Associates, I offer compassionate counsel to domestic violence victims and those who are accused, but not guilty of domestic violence. For domestic violence victims, the cycle of control and violence often doesn't occur overnight. The controlling behavior progresses - whether physical abuse, psychological abuse, financial abuse or other abuse.

For those accused of domestic violence, I understand your side too. Some parties may make accusations that are unfounded in order to get a strategic advantage in a separate family law proceeding.

Custody And Visitation

Regardless of the circumstances, courts will, and often do, award custody and parenting time on a temporary basis as part of a TPO. If the TPO is brought on behalf of a child, then supervised visitation or no visitation at all may be appropriate in the short term. Typically the court aims to continue the parent-child relationship with both parents unless there are extraordinary circumstances.

Protect Yourself And Your Family

If you are in need of immediate assistance and your safety or the safety of your children is at issue, call 911 first. If you need a TPO, it is critical that you consult with a lawyer at some point in the process. If you are facing a TPO and you want to challenge it, then you need to meet with an attorney immediately. TPO timelines are quick.

It important to preserve evidence, whenever possible. For example, evidence such as cell phone pictures, text messages, medical records and witness statements are all valuable in a TPO proceeding.

From the Atlanta area, I can assist clients in greater Georgia. Call 404-348-8953 (toll-free 866-544-0951) to set up a free initial consultation.