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Pennsylvania Lawyers Seek Orders to Protect Clients from Abuse

Empathetic Bucks County divorce attorneys stand up for mistreated spouses

Nobody has the right to abuse another person. If you are in an abusive marriage and are seeking a divorce, The Law Offices of Jennifer Courtney & Associates, P.C., in Yardley can help you understand your rights and will explain how domestic violence may affect your case. Our attorneys have decades of experience handling all types of Pennsylvania divorce matters and serve you with care and compassion. You can trust our Bucks County law firm to help guide you through the process needed to secure a protective order, as well as your divorce case, so you can make a new start. If you are in immediate danger from your abusive spouse, dial 911.

Getting a divorce from an abusive spouse

When you are being abused in a marriage, it can take real courage to seek a way out through divorce. You may worry about how your spouse will react when he or she finds out that you are ending your legal union. We understand this and will do everything we can in our roles as family lawyers to protect your rights and interests throughout the divorce process. Once we learn all the details of your situation, we can advise you about your options whether it makes sense to file for divorce on no-fault grounds to pursue a finding of cruel treatment. Our empathetic attorneys can also discuss with you other measures you might need to help you safely leave your marriage.

How does domestic violence affect divorce case?

Domestic violence can affect divorce in several ways. If you and your spouse have children together, an incident of domestic violence could significantly alter child custody and visitation decisions. Abusive behavior or threats may also influence alimony terms and even the division of marital property. For example, a domestic violence victim might have been forced to miss work or could have been prevented from taking a job at all. We can advise you how abusive acts might affect your case once we learn the details.

What is a PFA in Pennsylvania?

A PFA in Pennsylvania is a Protection from Abuse Order. It is known as a restraining order in some other states. If you are in an abusive marriage, a PFA can be put in place that orders your spouse not to stalk, harass, threaten or contact you. You can learn more about getting away from an abusive spouse and about protection from abuse orders by visiting PF Safe Law and the Pennsylvania Office of Victim Services.  Our attorneys can also help you in filing for a PFA.

Will a PFA affect my child custody order?

When a PFA order is in place, it can affect your child custody order. If your children are named in the PFA or the judge believes they are in danger, custody or visitation rights may be adjusted and the judge might require that visitation be supervised. Our experienced attorneys can examine all the details involved and counsel you about your rights in this situation.

Contact a compassionate Yardley family law firm for help getting out of an abusive marriage

The Law Offices of Jennifer Courtney & Associates, P.C. in Yardley represents Pennsylvania spouses who are looking to divorce their abusive spouse and obtain a Protection from Abuse Order. We serve residents of Bucks County and the surrounding areas. To schedule a consultation, call our firm at 215.493.3360 or contact us online.