When arguments between two people in New Jersey who live together become heated, it may not be long before one person calls the police, accusing the other person of committing an act of domestic violence. When that happens, the accuser may seek a temporary restraining order against the accused.
Who can be the victim of domestic violence?
People may think that domestic violence can only occur between spouses. This is not true. Domestic violence can occur between spouses, former spouses or people who presently live together or have lived together in the past. This includes people who have a child together and people who are in a dating relationship.
What is a temporary restraining order?
A temporary restraining order is an order issued by a judge. It has a number of effects. The alleged abuser may be forbidden from returning to the place where the alleged acts of domestic violence occurred, even if that is their home. The alleged abuser cannot possess a firearm. The alleged abuser cannot contact the alleged victim either in person, over the phone or in writing. The alleged abuser may be ordered to pay child support temporarily. The alleged abuser may have to pay the alleged victim’s medical expenses suffered due to the alleged violent acts. Finally, the alleged victim may be given custody of their child temporarily.
Protect yourself against accusations of domestic violence
Being accused of domestic violence can be an intimidating experience, and you may feel like the cards are stacked against you. However, there are ways to counter such charges. This post is for informational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. To learn more about domestic violence in New Jersey, readers can visit our website for further information.