Helping Victims of Domestic Violence in Montgomery County PA
Domestic Violence Victims
Domestic violence can occur in many different ways and they are all illegal. Domestic violence, whether it is physical or emotional, directed at a spouse or a child, is against the law. If you or someone you love is living with domestic violence in Montgomery County PA then you need to contact our law firm immediately.
The Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, PC offer free consultations on what rights you have and what you can do about your situation. In many instances you are entitled to significant benefits after a divorce if domestic abuse was taking place. Because no one should have to live under threatening situations you are able to claim several things if you were the victim of abuse. You can claim the house, finances, custody of the children, custody of any bank accounts or stocks and many other things even if you were not the primary employed spouse.
What Should I Do if I Experience Domestic Violence?
The most important thing you can do about domestic violence, however, is to remove yourself from the situation or otherwise make it stop. Filing a restraining order can be a good first step but it may not be enough. Family and criminal courts can have the offending partner stay away from the house, stop the abuse, grant custody of children to the abused partner and take away any guns from the abuser. These measures are important but because the safety of the abused lies with their notifying the police, the measures can sometimes fail.
What is the PDVA and How Can I File a Restraining Order in Pennsylvania?
In order to file a restraining order under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA) several important steps must be taken. The abused must appear before a court of law and file several documents with them. A judge will then see the person and hear their side of the story and be presented with any evidence that may sway their decision. The abused must convince the judge that their partner is a danger to the health of the abused partner or the couple’s children.
While many cases of abuse are very real and not enough is done to combat them some cases of alleged abuse are filed falsely or vindictively. The person who alleges abuse does not have to notify the partner that they are filing for a restraining order and they can have their partner legally banned from coming home. In this case, if you are facing a restraining order or charge of abuse and you believe it is false then you are highly recommended to contact our law office immediately.
Protecting Family Members from Harm
Because everyone has important rights it is vital that you have the best law firm on your side working for you. Regardless of your legal case or particular circumstances if you are involved in or need to file a domestic abuse charge you should contact our offices for a free consultation. The Law Office of Sheryl R. Rentz, P.C. has locations in Pennsylvania and have years of divorce law experience that you can trust. Contact us today for a free evaluation on your case.