Domestic violence is something that we, unfortunately, cannot eradicate. If you are involved in a domestic violence situation, we urge you to protect your own safety and the safety of those whom you love. This can involve seeking advice from a domestic violence attorney. Minnesota Family Courts can grant a Domestic Abuse Order for Protection (‘OFP’) to protect victims of domestic violence and their minor children from ongoing contact with a perpetrator of domestic violence. Unfortunately, in some instances, an OFP can also be abused as a way to gain a strategic advantage in a divorce or child custody case.
Either way, domestic violence is an issue for which the Family Court will take immediate and serious action, in an effort to provide protection from ongoing harm. OFP’s can stay in place for up to two (2) years, and can be extended even longer in some cases. As part of an OFP, Family Courts can also award temporary child custody, parenting time, child support, financial and property relief, can order parties to participate in domestic violence and chemical dependency counseling, and restrict access to firearms.
Because of the swiftness and the impact of an OFP, it is important to make informed, well-reasoned decisions when either advocating for, or defending against, a Domestic Abuse Order for Protection. Seeking the advice of an experienced domestic violence lawyer can be critical in determining how profound an impact, an allegation of domestic violence can have.
Contact a Twin Cities Family Law Lawyer
Family legal matters are difficult, which is why it is important to have an experienced attorney guiding you and giving you appropriate advice. If you are facing a divorce, child custody, child support matters, parenting time concerns, paternity issues, domestic abuse, spousal maintenance matters, or your need to appeal a judge’s decision, Beyer & Simonson, LLC can help you. Call today at 952-303-6007.