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Restraining orders and domestic violence allegations

The NFL has been under scrutiny over the past year due to the inordinate number of players being accused of domestic violence. The good thing to take away from that scandal is that it has brought the issue of domestic violence into the light. If one abused person in New Jersey is able to find the strength to leave a bad situation, then perhaps the overwhelming amount of media coverage surrounding the accused players has been worth it.

Restraining orders in New Jersey can do more than prohibit the abuser from having any contact with you in person or through any electronic means, such as texts, emails or phone calls. You may be granted the sole use and possession of the family home, sole temporary custody of the children, if any, and temporary financial support for you and the children. Of course, the court can also make additional orders depending on your specific circumstances, if necessary.

Fortunately for the victims of domestic violence, the courts take any allegations seriously and move quickly to provide protection for its victims. Unfortunately, there is also potential for abuse of the system. Sometimes, an individual is accused of domestic violence, but the allegation may be unsubstantiated. Such an accusation can affect your rights as a parent, and the situation needs to be dealt with quickly.

Regardless of whether you are the victim of domestic violence or have been accused of it, enlisting the assistance and advice of an attorney as soon as possible is crucial. The court system can be confusing and frustrating -- especially when you and your family are in crisis. Having someone there to help you through this difficult time can help reduce the stress you are feeling and can protect your rights.

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