You Deserve To Feel Safe: Domestic Violence And Protective Orders
Unfortunately, sometimes safety is a concern in divorce cases. At Sammons Olivero & Paraschos, in Huntington, our team of West Virginia domestic violence lawyers have over 40 years of combined experience and are well-equipped to handle cases that include domestic violence. We will act carefully and swiftly to ensure your safety and your family’s safety.
Ensuring Your Safety Is Our Top Priority
Domestic violence often goes unreported. It can be very hard to talk to or confide in someone when you have been abused by a spouse or someone close to you. In the state of West Virginia, domestic violence occurs when a family or household member:
- Attempts to physically harm you
- Causes physical harm to you
- Uses a weapon to intimidate or cause you harm
- Causes reasonable fear for your safety
- Sexually assaults you or sexually abuses you
If you are being abused, have been abused or if you suspect that someone close to you is in harm’s way, our attorneys can help you take the first steps to stay safe. The most important first step is to recognize the problem. Only you can make that first step, but after you do, our legal team at Sammons Olivero & Paraschos will be there with you every step of the way and help you take the necessary actions to stop it.
Restraining Orders: Seeking A Domestic Violence Protective Order
Our domestic violence lawyers can assist you with an order of protection against any relative, person you live with, caregiver, or ex-romantic interest. When you file for a protective order, depending on the facts of your case, the magistrate can determine if you are eligible for immediate protection and issue an emergency order. An emergency order is active until your petition is heard. An order of protection will forbid the abusive person from abusing or harassing you in any way and prevent the abuser from being around you for a certain amount of time. Any violation of a protective or restraining order could result in the abuser’s arrest for violating the order.
Our lawyers can assist with filing orders of protection, provide assistance if you need to enforce a restraining order and will work hard to block any attempts by other parties to remove these protections. Should you decide to file for a separation or divorce, or need assistance obtaining child support and protecting your child custody rights, our attorneys can counsel and advise you on your rights and advocate on your behalf.
Contact A Domestic Violence Attorney Today
Remember, you are not alone. The West Virginia family lawyers at Sammons Olivero & Paraschos can assist you through every stage of the process, from restraining orders to pressing charges. Contact us immediately if you are in a dangerous situation and need legal help. Call the firm at 304-522-7730 to schedule a consultation.