Helping North Carolina Families Navigate Domestic Violence Claims
If you are the victim of domestic violence or face accusations of domestic violence, you need protection. Domestic violence occurs when a victim is assaulted, harassed, threatened, stalked, or interfered with by an abuser. Obtaining a domestic violence order of protection, or “restraining order,” can keep you safe from your abuser and often affects custody rights.
At Gantt Family Law, our lawyers can assist you in pursuing or defending these claims and advocate for the outcomes you desire in your case.
Understanding North Carolina Domestic Violence Laws
With an order for domestic violence protection in place, an aggressor cannot contact their victim for up to one year. Victims can receive shared home, child custody, child support and attorney fees. At the same time, abusers can’t go near the victim’s home or work, they may also lose their right to own a firearm, and may face eviction from the shared home.
Domestic violence requires a personal relationship between the abuser and the victim. In North Carolina, a personal relationship is one where the parties involved:
- Are current or former spouses?
- Are you currently in a romantic relationship, or were you in the past?
- Currently live together or did in the past.
- Are they related as parent and child or as grandparent and grandchild?
- Have a child in common.
- Are members of the same household, or were they at one time?
Under North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 50B, domestic violence occurs when there are two people in a personal relationship and one person commits any of the following against the other person or their child:
- Intentionally causing or intending to cause bodily injury.
- Committing sexual abuse, assault, or rape.
- Placing the party or member of the family or household in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.
- Continued harassment which rises to a level as to inflict substantial emotional distress.
We have extensive knowledge surrounding family domestic violence cases. If you have any more questions, you can always reach out through our contact form.
Speak With One Of Our Attorneys Now
If you are the victim of domestic violence or facing allegations of domestic violence, it is crucial you speak with a lawyer to protect yourself and your rights. At Gantt Family Law, our attorneys have experience helping victims of domestic violence in Wake County, Durham County, Orange County and the surrounding areas. Call 919-518-9540 today.
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