If you are the victim of domestic violence, you can obtain through the Court a temporary or permanent injunction against the individual who has committed an act of domestic violence against you. Even if you have not yet actually been a victim of domestic violence, Florida Statute 741.30 allows protection to individuals who have “reasonable cause to believe he or she is in imminent danger of becoming the victim of any act of domestic violence.”
If you are a victim of domestic violence, our firm can assist you through this process and help you attain a result that protects you and your children.
To obtain a domestic violence injunction, you can file a Petition for Injunction with the Court. After detailing any events and swearing to the truthfulness of your statement, the judge will be given your injunction papers for immediate review. The judge can grant the injunction on a temporary basis and sign an order bringing the parties back for a full evidentiary hearing, can temporarily deny the injunction but enter an order bringing the parties back for a full evidentiary hearing, or dismiss the injunction entirely. If a return hearing is set, it will usually take place within two weeks. At the hearing, the Court will determine whether or not to enter an order making the injunction permanent. We strongly suggest that you obtain legal counsel as far in advance of the injunction hearing as possible.
Our firm also represents those individuals defending themselves in domestic violence injunctions. If you have been served with a temporary injunction or a notice to appear, it is imperative that you obtain counsel as soon as possible so your case can be properly prepared prior to the return hearing. If you feel that an injunction has been improperly filed against you, our firm may be able to prevent the injunction from being entered. We can also help ensure that any orders regarding child support, spousal support, or timesharing entered at the hearing are as fair as possible.