Domestic Violence & Protective Orders

According to the Texas Council on Family Violence, close to 200,000 incidents of domestic violence occurred in 2009. Family violence affects divorce proceedings in numerous ways. For example, in the state of Texas, the courts are strongly biased against granting joint custody to a parent accused of family violence.

Are you the victim of domestic violence?

If you or a loved one has been the victim of domestic violence, it is crucial that you obtain help right away. Contact the proper authorities and ensure that you have the protection you need. The Texas Family Violence Resource Center offers a search directory of localized programs and shelters, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides help as well; call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

If you are pursuing divorce, a family law lawyer at Godwin Bowman & Martinez can help you understand how domestic violence protective orders affect a divorce proceeding, including:

  • Child custody
  • Spousal support
  • Property division

Obtaining a Family Violence Protective Order

A family violence protective order may be granted in conjunction with a divorce, requiring the offender to stay away from the victim(s).To apply for a protective, the victim must complete an affidavit describing the events, including any injuries or threats. The decision whether or not to issue a protective order is made at the discretion of the judge.

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Contact Godwin Bowman & Martinez today at (214) 939-4400 and schedule a consultation.