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Rhode Island Domestic Violence Lawyers

Restraining orders attorney in Rhode Island protecting you from abuse

Domestic violence is a serious matter whether you are suffering from spousal abuse or your children are suffering from child abuse. According to the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, there were 13,374 calls to their hotline regarding domestic violence matters in only the first six months of 2012. Clearly, incidents of domestic violence are far too prevalent.

The Rhode Island domestic violence lawyers of Kirshenbaum Law Associates, Inc. strive to protect clients from all forms of domestic violence during divorce, custody and other family law matters. As Rhode Islanders, we want the community to be safe for our families and yours.

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Our domestic violence lawyers in Rhode Island can help protect you and your family from domestic violence. In Rhode Island, domestic violence includes:

  • Spousal abuse
  • Child abuse
  • Assault
  • Sexual abuse or rape
  • Stalking or cyberstalking
  • Harassment

Although the most common type of abuse we see is between divorcing spouses, almost any family member can be charged with domestic violence for threats or harm to any other family member:

  • Present or former family member
  • Spouse or former spouse
  • Parent or stepparent
  • Child or stepchild
  • Relative by blood or marriage
  • Present or former boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancé or fiancée
  • Cohabitant

Domestic violence restraining orders attorney in Rhode Island

If you are a victim of domestic violence, our Rhode Island restraining orders attorneys help you seek a restraining order to stop the abuse. Depending upon your circumstances, we can assist you in obtaining several types of restraining orders, also known as protective orders:

  • Emergency restraining orders: These are issued when you need immediate protection outside of regular court hours. You do not go to court or have to face your abuser to obtain this order, but it expires quickly.
  • Temporary restraining orders: We help request this order from a judge by showing you are likely to suffer severe injury, loss or damage if you do not get an immediate protective order. These orders are temporary relief until a final order is issued.
  • Final restraining orders: Our restraining orders attorneys in Rhode Island help present your evidence and testimony to the court at the full hearing to obtain a final protective order. Although these orders are not permanent, they can be issued for up to three years and can be extended.

False accusations of domestic violence

Unfortunately, sometimes one spouse accuses the other of domestic abuse to obtain a better property settlement or alimony award or to get child custody. If you are unfairly accused of domestic violence, our domestic violence attorneys in Rhode Island present a vigorous defense on your behalf.

In serious situations, seek serious legal representation

At Kirshenbaum Law Associates, we are dedicated to protecting your rights and safety. For help obtaining a restraining order to stop domestic violence, contact our Rhode Island restraining orders lawyers online or by calling 401-467-5300 today.

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