Domestic Violence & Child Neglect Cases
Domestic violence is the act of physically assaulting, attempting to harm,
or threatening family members. Child neglect is the act of putting a child
in direct danger due to extreme negligence. Both of these offenses can
be prosecuted on a criminal level, but they are also handled in the family
courts. At Stein and Stein, P.C. we can help you with the family law side
of these situations.
How Domestic Violence Affects Divorce
Domestic violence can have a dramatic effect on the result of an Arizona
divorce. If a spouse has proven to be abusive and dangerous, chances are
that the courts will not allow the abusive spouse to have legal decision
making (child custody) and may severely restrict parenting time or visitation.
Also, the victimized spouse may receive a better portion of the assets
during property division and may be entitled to higher amounts of spousal
maintenance and child support.
Child Custody in Light of Domestic Violence or Negligence
When a parent is violent or negligent, that individual may lose custody
(decision-making and parenting time rights) relating to his or her children.
Whether parents are divorced or married, the government will investigate
the situation and determine whether the household environment is best
for the children affected. If both parents are violent or negligent, they
may lose their children to another relative or the foster care system.
Compassionate Protection & Assistance
Our team of divorce lawyers in Mesa works to provide help to those who
have been abused by a particularly violent or angry spouse or parent.
We can assist clients in obtaining temporary restraining orders against
a spouse, ex-spouse, and parent and can explain to clients how domestic
violence or child neglect can affect a divorce petition.
today if you want to learn more.