Protecting your rights & safeguarding your children’s future
Cleveland Attorneys for Victims of Domestic Violence
If you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence, our attorneys can help you seek protection under the law. With offices in Cleveland, we fight to protect spouses, domestic partners, children and other victims of abuse throughout Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
No one deserves to become a victim of domestic violence. If you or a family member has been abused, it is important that you take legal action. Ohio law protects you, and our attorneys can work quickly to help put an end to the abuse.
Am I A Victim of Domestic Violence?
Under Ohio Law, domestic violence is defined as: (i) attempting to cause or recklessly causing bodily injury, (ii) threatening the use of force or causing fear of imminent serious physical harm, (iii) engaging in child abuse, or (iv) committing a sexually-oriented criminal offense against a family or household member. This includes:
- Anyone who resides with the perpetrator
- Former spouses
- Cohabitating partners
- Parents and children of the perpetrator, his or her spouse, or a parent of shared children
While this definition is complicated, seeking protection doesn’t need to be. Even if you are not sure if what you have experienced qualifies as domestic violence, we encourage you to contact us so that we can help. One of our attorneys will be happy to discuss your situation in confidence and pursue an appropriate course of action to protect you from further abuse.
Obtaining Domestic Violence Protection Orders
In Ohio, putting an end to domestic violence means filing a petition for a protection order in the appropriate county court. There are two types of protection orders that are available:
Temporary “Ex Parte” Protection Orders
These orders can provide immediate relief for those who need it. The court will conduct a preliminary “ex parte” hearing (meaning a hearing without the perpetrator present) the same day the petition is filed, and during this hearing the judge can issue an order that prevents contact between the perpetrator and the victim.
Civil Protection Order
Within 7 to 10 days of the “ex parte” hearing, the court will schedule a full hearing which can result in the issuance of a long-term civil protection order. In addition to prohibiting contact, civil protection orders can also:
- Grant exclusive possession of a shared residence to the victim and his or her family members
- Require the perpetrator to provide suitable housing for the victim and his or her family members
- Allocate parenting rights exclusively to the victim on a temporary basis
- Prohibit the perpetrator from moving or harming any pets belonging to the victim
- Require the perpetrator to seek counseling
- Grant additional remedies designed to protect the victim and his or her family from further abuse
Fighting Requests to Modify Protection Orders
If a family or household member is seeking to modify your current civil protection order, our attorneys can fight to maintain the protections you have secured. The Ohio courts weigh a number of factors in deciding whether to lift domestic violence protection orders, and we can build a strong case for keeping your protection order in place. If the person who abused you or your loved one has filed a request for modification, this does not mean that the request will be granted. But, you need to tell your side of the story, and it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
Get the Help You Need – Contact the Law Offices of Laubacher & Co. Today
To speak with an attorney at Laubacher & Co., contact us now for a free and confidential consultation. You can call our Cleveland, OH law offices 24/7 at (855) 522-5569, or send us your information online and a member of our firm will be in touch as soon as possible.