The Role of Family Court Lawyers in Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence

Family violence is a complicated and often misunderstood issue that impacts numerous individuals and families throughout Australia. Family violence can involve physical harm, but it can also mean emotional and psychological abuse. If you or someone you care about is affected by family violence, it’s essential to understand that support services are available to assist. While seeking help may feel daunting, it can ultimately provide invaluable assistance. Domestic violence lawyers play a vital role as advocates, allies and guardians for those facing such situations, guiding survivors through the legal intricacies of escaping unsafe environments. With their expertise, family lawyers can improve your circumstances and provide much-needed support during challenging times.

How Can a Family Lawyer Help You?

In instances of family violence, a family lawyer can offer various forms of assistance. If legal action is necessary, such as appearing in court, a family lawyer can help you build a compelling case. This might involve gathering official documents, such as police reports and medical records, as well as personal materials like correspondence or photographs. While recounting your experiences may be challenging, providing a detailed account is often necessary—and family lawyers will always be open-minded and sensitive to your situation. Ultimately, family court lawyers specialise in identifying and presenting the most crucial evidence to help the court make well-informed decisions.

A family lawyer can also help you gain access to valuable resources, including support services such as housing assistance and counselling. These resources are crucial in navigating the challenging journey of securing your safety, rights and autonomy.

 Intervention & Interim Intervention Orders

A family lawyer plays a crucial role in helping you obtain an intervention order, which is a legal measure initiated by the court in response to reports of family violence. This order puts specific rules in place to regulate interactions between individuals or groups, aiming to safeguard victims of domestic violence. By restricting perpetrators’ access to potential targets, intervention orders strive to prevent further harm. Violation of these terms can result in criminal charges against the offender. In cases requiring urgent protection, a family lawyer can also assist in obtaining an interim intervention order, offering immediate protection until a court appearance for both parties can be arranged.

Parenting Arrangements

Family lawyers are also trained to assist families with child/parenting arrangements and child support. These processes can be pretty complicated emotionally, and this complication is exacerbated even further by instances of family violence. A family lawyer can help you navigate the tricky waters of parenting arrangements and advise you on resolving custody disputes via mediation, negotiation and counselling. It should be noted that family lawyers always prioritise the safety and well-being of children above all else. They do whatever they can to protect children from harm and abuse, considering not only their present needs but their future needs as well. Furthermore, in instances where two parents cannot agree, a Family Court Order may be required. Family lawyers can assist in this situation by providing guidance through the legal process and representing you in court.

Financial Agreements & Property Settlements

Financial agreements and property settlements serve as essential tools for individuals seeking to disentangle themselves from former partners, particularly in cases of family violence. Despite their importance, achieving desired outcomes through these processes can be challenging. A financial agreement is a legally binding contract that details the division of assets and liabilities post-relationship, applicable at any stage—before, during or after the relationship. Similarly, a property settlement outlines the distribution of assets, liabilities and finances following the termination of a relationship. Negotiating these agreements is often tricky, especially within the confines of an abusive relationship. However, with the support of a family lawyer, individuals can navigate these complexities and advocate for a fair and just resolution aligned with their interests.

Asking for Help

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry. Seeking legal help can feel daunting, but the lawyers at Duffy & Simon are here to make the process easier. With over 40 years of experience, our lawyers know how to navigate the unique challenges that come with each case of family violence. We have the knowledge and sensitivity to offer you advice without overwhelming you with legal talk. Call us today and learn more about how we can help you. From here, you can decide on the best course of action for your situation.

If you or a family member are in immediate danger, contact the police on 000.