Using the courts in situations involving domestic violence

Living with a verbally abusive or physically violent spouse can be difficult under any conditions. Those situations can become even more unbearable when children are involved. Some parents feel that their only option may be to take their kids and flee in order to ensure their safety. After all, Phoenix area residents have only to travel 200 miles to reach the border with Mexico.

If you are currently considering such drastic actions there are a few things you should know first. International abduction of children is a serious offense, even with your own children. Furthermore, fleeing the country or relocating out of state without getting the courts involved cannot ensure that your abuser will not avail themselves of the legal system in order to gain custody of your children.

A better move would be to involve the courts and perhaps seek an order of protection against your abuser. Depending on the circumstances, it's possible that a court may order your abuser to leave your marital home. Orders of protection can also prevent your abuser from stalking you and your children while the order remains in effect.

Alternatively, if you have been falsely accused of domestic violence "a run for the border" is not a sustainable strategy to remain involved in your children's lives. A better idea is to meet with an Arizona family law attorney who can put together a challenge to any protection orders issued against you.

Based in Phoenix, our law firm provides family-oriented legal representation for clients throughout Maricopa and Pinal counties. Our experienced law office can help you whether you are seeking to protect yourself and your kids, or looking for a legal defense against false allegations. Prospective clients can schedule a meeting with one of our attorneys by contacting our offices either via phone or email.

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