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Texas facility offers support to domestic violence survivors

Domestic violence continues to be a concern in Texas. In fact, the state ranks second in the nation for calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. One local facility is doing its part to provide a transitional refuge to domestic violence survivors.

The facility, called Emily’s Place, is located in Colin County. Unlike a short-term shelter, the facility offers housing, classes and counseling to women and children for a two-year period.

An attorney that handles divorce and family law matters knows that domestic violence situations can require a rapid response. Unlike a divorce proceeding, which may not conclude until many months after the initial filing, a temporary restraining order on the ground of a domestic violence allegation can be handled very quickly, sometimes in a matter of days. If longer protection is needed, a permanent restraining order may also be worth exploring. 

Yet allegations of domestic violence should not be used simply to add contention to a divorce proceeding. An experienced attorney may have the perspective to evaluate the merits of a domestic violence protective order that may have been served on a spouse. That judgment may be critical, as a protective order can impact nearly all aspects of a divorce case.

For example, a protective order might impact a court’s determinations regarding child custody, parental visitation, spousal support and even property division issues. An order may even extend over into other areas of a person’s life, perhaps endangering his or her career and social reputation. For all of these reasons, a spouse approaching the issue of domestic violence can benefit from the practical advice of an attorney.

Source: Dallas News, “Through Emily’s Place in Plano, victims of domestic violence see hope for future,” Julissa Trevino, May 2, 2014

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