Instead of property division and even child custody, your first concern when it comes to leaving an abusive relationship is safety. As you make your plans and live with your partner or spouse, record the time, location, and details of any abuse inflicted on your or your children. This documentation can help the long-term safety of your children, by helping you obtain a restraining order and retain child custody rights.
For the immediate future, you may need to make sure that your plans are in order before you leave. If possible, store funds in a safe place, not your house. Store clothing with a friend. Above all, pick a residence that your partner would not think of as an obvious place to search; this means you shouldn't go to your best friend's or a relative's home. You could stay with a friend, perhaps a co-worker, someone that your spouse has never met, or you could stay at a shelter or hotel.
Once you have laid out your plans, you have legal matters to attend to. If you do not take out a restraining order and file for custody of your children, you could be charged with parental kidnapping. Ask a court for an
emergency order of protection and emergency custody. Then to gain permanent custody of your children, you will need to go through a
In order to lay out sound plans, and to make sure legal matters are in order when you leave a domestic violence situation, you can rely on our family lawyer, who has the experience and dedication it takes to help you obtain all the necessary legal protections. You can
call the Meyers Law Group, P.C. today to learn more about how a Long Island family attorney on your side can make all the difference.