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Domestic violence cases can involve family and criminal court

Domestic violence is an area where criminal law and family law often intersect. For people who are involved in these situations, it can be difficult to come up with a plan for handling everything. Since these cases can include the family law court and the criminal court, defendants are often stuck trying to figure out exactly what they need to do.

On top of the legal aspects of these cases, they have to work through the emotional and logistical ramifications. The charges might lead to orders that mean they have to stay away from a spouse, children or other loved ones. They might not be able to return home because of these orders. All of this can be crushing.

Domestic violence and abuse

Nearly 20 people face physical abuse at the hands of an intimate partner every minute in this country. One in every four men and one in every three women are victims of this type of behavior. These numbers may seem shocking, but it might not paint an accurate picture. There is no indication of whether these figures take false reports into account.

This is one of the most troubling aspects of domestic violence cases. They sometimes come down to one person's word against another person's. There might be physical injuries, but there are times when determining exactly what happened is difficult.

The intersection of criminal and family law

Divorce is common in these cases. While it's always messy and difficult to go through this process as married adults, things get more complicated when there are children involved. Accusations of domestic violence might mean that the court errs on the side of caution and uses the accusations as the basis for custody decisions. For example, a person who is accused of domestic violence might be allowed to only have contact with their children during supervised visits.

Trying to find the balance between family court orders and criminal court orders can also be challenging. You may have to work closely with your attorney to determine what you are allowed to do and what responsibilities you have. This often involves walking along a fine line, but the outcome can make a difference in your future.

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