Westlake Village Domestic Violence Lawyer
Domestic Violence as Grounds for Divorce
California is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that an individual or couple does not need any reason to file for divorce besides the fact that the marriage is irretrievably broken. Even so, there are many other reasons that are quite valid for filing a divorce, one of which is domestic violence. If you and / or your children are the victim of regular domestic violence or abuse, it may be in your best interest to end your marriage and escape your damaging life with your spouse. A Westlake Village divorce lawyer from Richard Ross Associates can help by providing the knowledgeable counsel and representation you need.
Protective Orders & Restraining Orders
The first step in the process of domestic violence and divorce is to obtain a protective order or restraining order. Emergency protective orders can be issued immediately by a law enforcement officer who arrives on the scene of domestic violence, and can later be changed for a temporary or permanent restraining order against the violent offender.
There are a few types of restraining orders, including:
- Domestic violence restraining orders (DVRO)
- Temporary restraining orders (TRO)
- Emergency protective orders (EPO)
- CLETS orders
- Family law (soft) orders
Once you have obtained a restraining order to protect yourself and your children, you can begin the divorce process. Whether or not your spouse wants a divorce, you still have the right to request the commencement of a divorce proceeding with the help of a divorce attorney by your side.
Contact a Thousand Oaks Divorce Attorney Near You
Searching for a qualified divorce lawyer in Westlake Village or Thousand Oaks, CA? Richard Ross Associates is prepared to skillfully handle your case to a satisfactory outcome. Attorney Ross has over 30 years of legal experience and is board certified in family law by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Your best interests are our main focus, which means that we will go the extra mile to meet your needs and obtain the best results for your domestic violence case. Call today or fill out our online case evaluation form to get started. The sooner you contact a Westlake Village divorce lawyer from our firm - which also serves all of Ventura County - the sooner you can get protection from domestic violence.