Georgia Family Violence Attorneys
Accused of Family Violence in Atlanta or Marietta?
Family violence is a horrible thing. Married people and couples generally
are supposed to be in a relationship of trust and mutual protection. Certainly,
adults have their differences and sometimes those differences lead to
dissolution of the relationship, but neither the relationship nor its
dissolution should ever include violence.
Family Violence Includes Any Instance of Your Spouse or "Loved One":
- Hurting you;
- Threatening to hurt you;
- Hurting your loved ones;
- Threatening to hurt your loved ones;
- Destroying or damaging your property; or,
- Threatening to destroy or damage your property.
A victim of Family Violence presents herself/himself to the Court administrator
who assists the victim in completing Family Violence paperwork for the
Judge's review. Then, the victim is taken to see the Judge who will
listen to the victim's recitation of the facts of Family Violence
and will determine whether an Ex Parte (only the victim's side is
present at this point) Order should be granted.
Ex Parte Family Violence Order
If an Ex Parte Family Violence Order is granted, a hearing is set for approximately
a week away when both parties should attend and present their side to
the Judge. The Order is served on the other party who is then required
to completely stay away from the victim unless and until the Court subsequently
At the combined hearing, the Judge listens to both sides' version of
events and decides whether Family Violence has occurred. If the Judge
decides it has occurred, the Judge will Order that the abusing party stay
away from the victim for 12 months. The Judge may also award the home
and require temporary support during the 12 months.
Family Violence is inexcusable and is treated as such by the Court; however,
Family Violence must be proven. Unscrupulous parties and attorneys sometimes
assert Family Violence in order to short cut the divorce process since
the hearing happens so quickly and residence, custodial and support decisions
are determined at that hearing. A good judge can ferret out whether Family
Violence has actually occurred or whether the complaining party is just
attempting to gain an advantage in a divorce action.
If you are the victim of Family Violence or if you have been accused of
Family Violence, call a
Georgia family lawyer at 888-930-9165 for a