Temporary Protective Orders

Divorce is stressful for everyone. That stress can lead to physical danger, especially in families where a family member is controlling or if a family member is unstable because of addiction or mental illness. One tool to increase your safety may be obtaining a Temporary Protective Order. These orders restrain someone who has committed an act of family violence or an act of stalking from coming near you. Read more about Protective Orders on our blog.

Safety Planning

We tend to have an above average number of domestic violence survivors as clients at our firm due to the professional backgrounds of our founding partner Andrea Knight and her former partner Shelley Senterfitt. Andrea’s personal involvement with NAMI has lead to more cases involving litigants with serious mental illness or dual diagnosis.¬†Although there are abusers who are cruel and controlling, we see many dangerous relationships driven by other issues. We understand it can be hard to leave for someone who believes he or she can see the violence originates from a place of hurt.

We believe we are doing our jobs best when we keep families safe. If you are afraid for you or another family member, including a spouse threatening suicide if you leave, please use a safe phone to call 1-800-799-SAFE. This will connect you to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Especially if you need to continue to live in the same home with someone violent, we recommend the American Bar Association Safety Plan for tips on how to maintain your physical safety and the safety of your children.

Read more about Domestic Violence and the law on our blog.