If domestic violence is occurring in your home, the most important thing that you can do is find a safe place for you and anyone else in the home who is affected by the violence. From there, our Schenectady County domestic violence lawyers at the law offices of The Colwell Law Group, LLC can help you to understand your options and how to seek legal protections.
Petitioning the Court for an Order of Protection
When you are the victim of harm or the threat of harm, an order of protection can provide you with some of the security that you need. An order of protection is a legal order issued by a court in New York that places certain limitations on the behavior of the person who is harming, or threatening to harm, you. An order of protection may order the violent person to:
- Refrain from possessing a deadly weapon;
- Move out of your home; and
- Stay away from you and anyone else who is at risk of harm, such as your children.
Our Schenectady County domestic violence lawyer can help you to seek an order of protection by filing a family offense petition. We can also help you to seek custody of your children, child support, and even spousal maintenance.