Domestic violence is all too common, and it can affect you emotionally, physically and financially. Whether you’re a victim of abuse or are facing false accusations of violent behavior, The Law Office of Marta S. Laynas can vigorously fight for your rights and work diligently to get you the protection you need to move on from a bad situation.
There are laws in place designed specifically to help domestic violence victims gain safety and hold their attackers accountable. Pennsylvania law defines abuse between family or household members as:
The definition of family or household member includes current and past spouses, persons living as spouses or who have lived as spouses, parents and children, current or former sexual partners, and persons related by biological parenthood, consanguinity or affinity.
Persons affected by threatened or actual abuse from a household or family member can seek protection with a request for protection from abuse. A protection from abuse order prevents the abuser from contacting the victim, imposes distance requirements from the victim’s school, residence and place of employment, and requires the abuser to relinquish all firearms. Abusers who violate protection orders can be arrested and face significant consequences that affect child custody and visitation rights if minor children are involved.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for someone to make false and malicious domestic abuse allegations as a means of exacting revenge. Untrue allegations often occur during a contested divorce or custody proceeding as an attempt to improve standing in court. All domestic violence cases must be proven through a preponderance of evidence. The family law attorneys at The Law Office of Marta S. Laynas gather the relevant facts and build a strong defense against wrongful accusations. If the court finds that domestic violence accusations were made in bad faith, you may be able to recover actual damages and reasonable attorney fees.
The attorneys at The Law Office of Marta S. Laynas treat each client with respect and compassion while providing solid legal representation. Schedule an appointment to discuss your case and take advantage of the convenient office location and ample free parking. Call 610-692-3460 or contact the firm online today.