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Domestic Violence and Florida Family Law Matters

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There are countless unreported cases of domestic violence in Florida every year. Some of these only come to light during a divorce or child custody battle. Domestic violence is a very serious issue, and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you are in an abusive relationship, the first step is getting help. You… Read More »

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What is Emotional Abuse and Can It Impact My Florida Divorce?

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Not all domestic violence involves a physical attack. There is also something called emotional abuse, and it can happen between spouses or between a parent and a child. It’s important to understand what emotional abuse is and how to recognize it. Emotional abuse can hurt just as much as physical abuse, but it can… Read More »

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Can My Husband be Charged with Sexual Battery in Florida?

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In Florida, sexual battery is the official name for rape. There is a misconception that sexual battery only occurs between people who do not know each other. A spouse can be charged with sexual battery in some instances. Sexual battery is explained in Florida Statute 749.011. it is a crime to have non-consensual sexual… Read More »

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The Use of No Contact Orders in Florida Domestic Violence Cases

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The courts in Florida often issue a no contact order in a criminal matter that involves domestic violence, assault, battery, or any other crime where the court is concerned a victim may be threatened or at risk for continued violence. What is a No Contact Order? The no contact order is utilized before the… Read More »

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Stalking Laws in Florida

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In Florida, the act of stalking is defined as “willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly following, harassing or cyberstalking” another person. A stalker’s behavior can consist of many different things, including following someone or repeatedly contacting them through various electronic means like texts, calls, or e-mail. Stalking behaviors can include sending letters, leaving notes, or sending… Read More »

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What to Know about Obtaining a Restraining Order in Florida

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The intent of a restraining order is to assist with protecting someone from possible future violence by issuing an order that another person must stay away from and not contact the individual who filed for the restraining order. Florida offers several different types of restraining orders that relate to different kinds of violence, including… Read More »

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Possible Domestic Violence Defenses in Florida

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Domestic violence battery is defined in Florida as the actual and intentional striking or touching of another person without their consent, or intentionally causing bodily harm to another person. The person that was struck must be a household or family member. Being convicted of a domestic violence battery charge can have lifelong consequences for… Read More »

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Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction in Florida

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Victims of domestic violence are understandably concerned about what happens to their attacker and what potential consequences they are facing. It’s important to point out that if you are in immediate danger, you should call 911 and go somewhere safe. Domestic violence victims don’t forfeit their rights to property or the home by fleeing… Read More »

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Types of Protective Orders in Florida

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Protective orders or restraining orders, also called injunctions for protection in Florida, are available for victims of domestic violence. Many people are affected by abuse and violence, and it’s important for potential victims to understand the resources available to them. If you’ve been a victim of domestic violence, it’s imperative to speak with a… Read More »

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Recognizing Signs of Child Abuse

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Child abuse is a real problem in Florida, although the numbers have declined in recent years. In 2015, Florida received 217,895 referrals for child abuse and neglect, and 160,733 of those were investigated further. There were 43,775 victims of abuse or neglect, with 54.3% neglected, 9.7% physically abused, and 5.7% sexually abused. Child abuse… Read More »

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