New York Attorneys Protecting Clients Against Domestic Violence

The sad reality is that domestic violence is part of American society and a way of life for many people. There is hope that victims can receive the help they need because the laws reflect society's acknowledgment that abuse, neglect, battery and degradation within the sanctity of a relationship are not acceptable, and ignoring these acts of violence will no longer be tolerated. No one is immune from domestic violence.

Located in Buffalo, New York, our attorneys help protect domestic violence victims and their children, and find the path to a happier and healthier future.

Domestic Violence In Divorce And Family Law

The experienced lawyers at Venzon Law Firm PC represent clients where domestic abuse is present. Domestic violence involves any behavior that one person uses to gain control and power over another. Domestic abuse comes in many forms, and can be physical as well as psychological. Each form seeks control. However, it's important to remember that abuse is gender neutral. Although the majority of abusers are reported as male and their victims female and children, males also suffer from physical and psychological abuse, and are less likely to report it.

Victims Of Domestic Violence Need Immediate Protection

If you are the victim of domestic violence — or if someone threatens the safety of anyone in your home — resources exist to help ensure your safety. The lawyers at Venzon Law Firm PC can help you escape the abuse. If you have access to a safe computer that is inaccessible to the abuser, you can find extensive information from the National Domestic Violence Hotline online, or call for immediate protection at 1–800–799–SAFE (7233). Other resources include: the Domestic Violence Hotline (24 hrs) at 1-800-942-6906 and for Spanish (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) 1-800-942-6908, and the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-342-3720.

Domestic Abuse Affects The Divorce Process

Domestic abuse affects many areas of divorce and family law situations, including the following:

  • Negotiation — Abuse situations represent relationships with a significant imbalance of power, in most case eliminating the ability to negotiate divorce settlements.

  • Child custody and visitation — When a judge is convinced that abuse exists, typically the abuser will be prevented from obtaining any degree of child custody or even unsupervised visitation — if any visitation is permitted at all. However, judges consider many details, such as whether the abuser has successfully completed treatment for the underlying psychological issues.

  • Child support — Even a parent with no contact continues to be responsible for child support as set forth in the final judgment.

  • Financial issues — Divorces often involve one spouse who is more dependent upon the other for financial support, particularly in high net worth divorces. This can complicate the asset distribution and spousal support determinations. In some cases, judges and juries can doubt the truth of domestic violence claims, assuming they are falsified to increase a payout in divorce. We are familiar with these issues and we can protect your interests.

Venzon Law Firm PC Helps Protect Victims And Their Children

The experienced Buffalo matrimonial and family law attorneys at Venzon Law Firm PC have more than three decades of experience helping clients in all areas of domestic violence. We take your safety very seriously, and we do everything we can to protect you and your family from the abuser. Contact us at 716-262-8282 to speak confidentially with one of our experienced family law lawyers.