Domestic Violence Representation in California
Domestic violence does not discriminate between social classes, location or culture, and spousal abuse is more common than you may realize. If violence is occurring in your family, it is essential to seek legal help immediately. At the same time, false allegations of domestic assault also happen and are terribly destructive to family relationships, especially when there are children involved.
At the Huntington Beach, Orange County, Law Offices of William M. Strachan, we represent the victims of spousal abuse and defend those accused of domestic violence. We file for and defend people against restraining orders or contempt actions.
Attorney William M. Strachan is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a family law specialist, which includes domestic violence and spousal abuse. He has 28 years of experience in family law and will not hesitate to fight for your rights in the courtroom. Contact us for a free initial consultation with an experienced, compassionate lawyer.
What Is the Legal Definition of Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence refers to any physical, emotional, mental, or verbal abuse carried out by a spouse, partner, family member, or date. Both men and women are capable of committing acts of domestic violence.
Allegations of domestic violence — especially when they result in a restraining order or a criminal conviction — can have dramatic repercussions on child custody, visitation, spousal support and even attorneys fees during divorce.
Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence
Allegations of domestic violence are extremely serious. If children are the victims, it is critical to get them to a safe place and get an attorney involved right away.
You have a legal duty to protect your children. If you know your children are being victimized and you fail to seek a restraining order against the abuser, California Child Protective Services may remove your child from your home and custody.
We can help you obtain temporary or long-term restraining orders against an abusive person in your life.
Safeguarding the Rights of the Wrongfully Accused
If you are found to be a perpetrator of domestic violence, you will face many problems in a divorce proceeding or other custody proceeding. There is a lot to lose. This gives some spouses an incentive to make false claims. Your rights need to be protected.
If you are convicted of felony spousal abuse, the law presumes you should not receive spousal support. The law also presumes you are an unfit parent for joint custody. Only the prevailing party in a domestic violence proceeding can obtain an award of attorney fees in a domestic violence proceeding. Our firm will defend you against domestic violence claims.