Strong Representation In Georgia Family Violence Cases

Family violence, also referred to as domestic 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.

At The Manely Firm, P.C., we handle family violence cases in the Atlanta Metro. Our compassionate and experienced attorneys understand the delicate nature of these cases and work toward resolutions that protect family members from future abuse and violence.

Definition Of Family Violence

  • Hurting you
  • Threatening to hurt you
  • Hurting your loved ones
  • Threatening to hurt your loved ones
  • Destroying or damaging your property
  • Threatening to destroy or damage your property

The Process Of Getting An Ex Parte Order

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 Order should be granted (only the victim's side is present at this point).

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 says otherwise.

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.

How long do you need protection? Our attorneys can help you secure temporary orders and permanent orders of protection.

Family Violence Is Not An Excuse For Revenge

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, child custody 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.

Put Our Experience To Work For You

If you are the victim of family violence or if you have been accused of abusing a family member, talk to the lawyers at The Manely Firm, P.C. Our focus on all areas of family law give us a complete understand of Georgia family laws and how they apply in domestic violence situations.

To schedule a free initial consultation, call (866) 687-8561 or contact us online. Appointments with attorneys are available at any of our Georgia offices in Atlanta, Marietta, Lawrenceville and Savannah.

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