Family Lawyer Advocates for Victims of Domestic Violence and Those Wrongly Accused of Domestic Violence in Clearwater

We mitigate the damaging effects of domestic violence

Domestic violence and abuse is a serious criminal charge or civil charge and can affect divorce proceedings in many ways. Accusations of domestic violence can have a significant effect on child custody and time-sharing arrangements. If you are the victim of domestic violence, legal counsel can help immediately. Likewise, if you were wrongly accused of domestic violence, knowledgeable family law attorneys know how to deal with such cases. Our firm has extensive experience handling cases involving incidents of domestic violence.

As your domestic violence attorney, Jennifer C. Harrington can provide staunch advocacy to protect your rights and safety. Ms. Harrington has more than 25 years of legal experience in family and criminal law.

What is domestic violence?

Florida law defines domestic violence as the following:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Stalking
  • Kidnapping
  • False imprisonment

Florida family law courts look very unfavorably on domestic violence perpetrators and take accusations seriously. When determining child custody and parenting plan arrangements during divorce proceedings, the court may deem the abusing party a threat to the well-being of the children and restrict that parent’s rights to custody and time sharing.

How does an injunction for protection against domestic violence work?

A court can order an injunction to prevent a person from harming or being in the vicinity of another person. An injunction keeps the accused offender away from the victim. In Florida, household members who are victims of domestic violence or who believe they are in danger of becoming victims can file injunctions for protection.

Sometimes accusations of domestic violence and injunctions for protection are used improperly and maliciously against another person during hostile divorce and child custody proceedings. The burden of proof, however, lies with the accusing party, and accusations must be proven to the judge in a formal hearing. At the hearing, the court determines whether the injunction should be upheld and, if so, whether that injunction should be temporary or permanent.

If you are the victim of a malicious accusation, your children and your reputation are at risk. The legal team at Jennifer C. Harrington, P.A. is experienced in dealing with such malevolent accusations and can mount a powerful defense.

Contact us today if you are a victim of domestic violence or were wrongfully accused in Clearwater, FL

Jennifer C. Harrington, P.A. provides legal advocacy for victims of domestic violence and those wrongfully accused. Contact our office for a consultation today at 727-787-3700 or online. Our office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office closes for lunch daily from noon to 1 p.m.