Domestic Violence Applications
If you and/or your children are at risk of or are experiencing domestic abuse, please contact the police and seek legal advice immediately. If suffering domestic abuse, you can apply to Court for an injunction, which is a form of temporary legal protection, known as a ‘Non-Molestation Order.’ This protects you or your children from harm and gives police the power to arrest the perpetrator if s/he breaches the Order.
You can also apply for an ‘Occupation Order’ at the same time, which asks the Court to decide who can and cannot occupy the family home. These applications can be complex, and legal assistance is advisable. Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders usually last between 6 – 12 months. This can give an important reprieve to allow parties to deal with other issues such as financial or child arrangements.
How Can We Help?
We can advise and assist on preparing the applications for Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders to Court, including drafting the legal forms and a detailed statement of the facts. You will need to attend Court, and we can support and assist by attending Court with you. Where appropriate, we can make special arrangements to ensure that you will not come into direct contact with the other party at Court. We can also arrange for a specialist barrister to present your case in Court.
If there are further hearings, we will help you to prepare and draft the documentation required. We will advise you at every stage until the process is complete. If there is a case to extend an existing Order, we can help with this and advise you in relation to any breaches that occur. You should always contact the police in the first instance if a perpetrator breaches a Non-Molestation or Occupation Order.
Our Family Law team can advise on domestic violence applications so please get in touch if you would like to find out more.