If you are experiencing domestic violence or abuse, you may find it challenging to talk about what is happening to you.
Anyone in a relationship can be a victim of domestic abuse, whether male or female, young or old. Our Family Law Solicitors can help you to take the first steps to end the abuse by getting legal protection from domestic violence.
Domestic abuse can range from physical violence, verbal abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, harassment, to controlling and coercive behaviour. If somebody you are connected to, a partner or husband or wife or civil partner or person you were in an intimate relationship with, is subjecting you to abuse, the law can provide protection for you and your family.
Our Family Law Solicitors are experienced in sensitively advising on domestic violence remedies with empathetic support and guidance.
Initial Telephone Discussion
Our highly experienced solicitors will provide expert advice and assist you. Please call us for an initial no-charge discussion to discuss your requirements on 01256 460830 or email us at [email protected].
To protect yourself and your family, our Family Law Solicitors can help you make an application to Court for an Injunction Order. This is a family Court remedy for:
- Occupation of the family home
You can apply for one or both types of Injunction Order. The Court application can be made quickly to protect you and your family from further abuse.
Non-molestation Orders are designed to prevent the threat or use of violence, intimidation, or harassment from the person who is subjecting you to domestic abuse.
It may be possible to make an emergency application for a Non-molestation Order if there has been a recent incident of domestic abuse. In some situations, an application can be made to Court without your partner or former partner being notified about the emergency hearing. If an Order is granted without notice, the Court will arrange a second Court hearing approximately 14 days later, to give the respondent to the Non-molestation application the opportunity to tell the Court whether they oppose the continuation of the Injunction Order.
At a hearing on notice to the respondent to the application, a Non-molestation Order is usually granted for 6 to 12 months. In some circumstances, the Order could be granted for a longer period. An application can also be made to extend the length of an Injunction Order.
If the respondent breaches the terms of the Non-molestation Order they can be arrested by the police.
An Occupation Order can be applied for if you have been subjected to domestic abuse and you either want to remain in the family home or you want to return to the family home but you are too afraid to do so without the protection of an Occupation Order to protect you, or your children, from further domestic violence.
To apply for an Occupation Order, you need to meet these 2 eligibility criteria:
- You and the respondent to the application must be associated with one another, either by being involved in a current or former intimate relationship or by being a family member
- The property that is subject to the Occupation Order application must be your home or have been intended to be your home
To apply for an Occupation Order, you do not need to be the legal owner of the property. The property could be rented or could be owned in the sole name of your former partner or husband or wife.
An Occupation Order is time limited and does not transfer ownership of the family home to you. To resolve the long-term ownership of the property you will need to reach a financial settlement or ask the Court to make a financial Court Order. Our expert Family Law Solicitors can help you reach a financial settlement or secure a Court Order through representation in financial Court proceedings.
If you are concerned about the safety of your children then a Non-molestation or Occupation Order can also protect your children if they are living with you in the same household. In addition to the protection of Injunction Orders, your Family Law Solicitor can also help you apply for a Child Arrangement Order or Prohibited Steps Order to protect and safeguard your children.
Where possible we will offer a fixed fee, so you will know what the costs are from the start. For more complex or uncertain projects, we will provide you with an estimate of the likely fees involved and keep you updated throughout the matter.
How to get in contact
Our Family Law Solicitors are on hand to provide expert advice and assist you wherever you are based. Please call us for a no-obligation, initial discussion to discuss your requirements on 01256 460830 or email [email protected].
Our offices are based in Basingstoke and we assist clients across the country.
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