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Domestic Violence Attorney

Seek an attorney when needing a restraining order or being accused of domestic violence


Being married, cohabiting, or dating someone makes you think you know everything about them. However, sometimes that person can turn violent and pose a threat to your safety and well-being. Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects millions of people every year, and it is crucial to seek help if you are in an abusive relationship.

If you are currently in Ventura or Los Angeles County, and are either a victim of domestic violence or have been accused of it, you don’t have to navigate this alone. Zhamakochyan Family Law has a team of experienced domestic violence lawyers dedicated to supporting victims in finding safety and justice, as well as defending those who have been accused, ensuring their rights are upheld.

How A Domestic Violence Attorney Can Help Victims

Experiencing domestic violence can be a traumatic and overwhelming experience. Besides the physical harm, victims also face emotional and psychological abuse that can leave long-lasting effects. Seeking help from a domestic violence attorney is crucial for your safety and well-being.

A domestic violence attorney can help you in various ways, including:
Walking You Through The Legal Process

Having an overview of the legal process and understanding your rights is essential when dealing with a domestic violence case. A skilled domestic violence attorney can guide you through each step, ensuring that your rights are protected and you understand all your options.

Obtaining Restraining Orders

A restraining order, also referred to as a protective order, serves as a crucial tool in keeping the abuser at a distance from you and your family. An adept domestic violence attorney can assist in obtaining an Emergency Protective Order (EPO), offering protection for five days while we collaborate to secure a longer-term solution ensuring the safety of you and your family.

Potential long-term options include:

  1. Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order: Initially issued for three weeks, this order can be extended for up to 3 years, providing ongoing protection.
  2. Civil Harassment Restraining Order: This order is designed to prevent stalking or harassment by your abuser.
  3. Criminal Protective Order: This order makes it illegal for your abuser to contact you in person, online, over the phone, or through the mail, allowing communication only through your attorney.
Filing a Police Report

If your partner has a long history of violent behavior, it’s advisable to report the incidents to the police. Our legal team has helped numerous clients report abusive partners, gathering evidence to support their claims and guiding them through the reporting process.

If you need a family law attorney in California for your domestic violence case, Zhamakochyan Family Law is here to assist.

Are You a Victim of Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence can take many forms, and it is not always easy to recognize when you are in an abusive relationship. Some signs that may indicate domestic violence include:

  • Physical abuse such as hitting, choking, or throwing objects
  • Emotional abuse, including name-calling, insults, and threats
  • Intimidations or controlling behavior, including monitoring your phone calls and isolating you from family and friends
  • Economic abuse, such as controlling finances or restricting access to money
  • Sexual abuse, including forced sexual acts or withholding sex as a form of control
  • Stalking or harassment, both in person and online

If you are experiencing any of these forms of abuse, it is essential to seek help and support. Do not hesitate to reach out to a domestic violence attorney who can provide legal guidance and assist you in taking the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family.

What Steps Can You Take to Protect Yourself?

Experiencing domestic violence can be frightening and overwhelming, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself. These may include:

Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a free and confidential service available 24/7/365 to provide support, resources, and safety planning for victims of domestic abuse. Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit their website for more information.

Contact the Office on Women’s Health

The Office on Women’s Health offers a variety of resources and support for women facing domestic violence, including safety planning tips, a national directory of shelters and resources, and information on legal assistance. Visit their website for more information.

Get Help From an Experienced Domestic Violence Attorney

A domestic violence attorney can help you navigate the legal process and obtain necessary protections against your abuser. They can also make the divorce and child custody processes easier, ensuring that your rights are protected and you receive a fair settlement.

Zhamakochyan Family Law is dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence in Ventura and Los Angeles County. Do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation and take the first step towards a better, safer future.

Are You Accused of Domestic Violence?

If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, it is crucial to seek legal representation immediately. A domestic violence charge can have severe consequences, including jail time, hefty fines, and a criminal record that can affect your job prospects and reputation.

An experienced domestic violence attorney can help defend you against false accusations and ensure a fair and just legal process. They will investigate the evidence, gather witness testimonies, and build a strong defense to protect your rights and clear your name.

Support for Accused Individuals in Domestic Violence Cases

At Zhamakochyan Family Law, we understand the complexities of domestic violence cases. While we are committed to supporting victims in their pursuit of safety and justice, we also recognize the importance of providing legal defense to those who have been accused of domestic violence.

Being accused of domestic violence can have significant personal and legal consequences. Our experienced attorneys approach these cases with the sensitivity and seriousness they deserve, ensuring that the rights of the accused are protected throughout the legal process. We provide comprehensive legal counsel, helping our clients understand the charges against them, the potential impacts on their lives, and the best strategies for defense.

How Domestic Violence Impacts Divorce

The state of California takes domestic violence convictions very seriously, and such convictions can have significant implications for your impending divorce. Here’s how it may affect different aspects:

Spousal Support

A domestic violence conviction within the last five years often leads California courts to presume that the guilty party should not receive spousal support. While not absolute, your spouse can present evidence to argue for alimony.

Division of Assets

In cases of domestic violence, the court may award your spouse less than 50% of marital assets. If the abusive actions caused financial harm, such as medical bills or job loss, the judge can grant you an increased share to compensate for the depletion of marital assets.

For further insights into how domestic violence may impact your divorce, reach out to Zhamakochyan Family Law. Our experienced attorney is ready to address your questions and provide guidance tailored to your situation.

How Domestic Violence Impacts Child Custody

Domestic violence convictions can greatly affect child custody disputes in California. Courts often deny custody to a parent with a history of domestic violence towards the child or the other parent.

However, a conviction doesn’t permanently disqualify a parent from obtaining some form of custody. Courts may award partial custody if the parent with a domestic violence conviction has:

  1. Completed a treatment program
  2. Completed a parenting class
  3. Adhered to any issued restraining orders
  4. Completed a drug or alcohol program
  5. Complied with the terms of probation or parole

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