Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is a complicated topic involving extremely personal issues. Understanding what constitutes domestic violence is critical yet challenging. Because of the cycle of abuse and control, survivors of domestic violence often do not where to turn for help. There are many assets available to you in the San Diego community. If you feel victimized by a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, a person with whom you are having or have had a dating or engagement relationship, a person with whom you have had a child, or any other person you are closely related to, our team of family lawyers will work with you through the process to find the solution that is in your best interest. Handling a domestic violence case can be dangerous and it is important to discuss all of your options.

Victims of domestic violence can ask the court for a temporary restraining order if they have suffered emotional, psychological, economical, legal, physical or sexual abuse. A temporary restraining order will protect you, a pet, or a child until the hearing takes place to determine whether a permanent restraining order should be issued against the abuser. Depending on the severity of the abuse and continued threat, if granted, the permanent restraining order can last anywhere between 6 months and 5 years.

At the outset of your case, we will meet with you to discuss your needs. An experienced attorney will give you the necessary knowledge to move forward with your case and explain the relevant legal terms. If the court grants a temporary restraining order, we can help you prepare for the permanent restraining order hearing and any other necessary legal processes.

What if you are married to or have children with your abuser? It is possible to protect your children with a restraining order as well. We can also provide you with information and guide you through your options including divorce. We also have expert consultants available if needed to help you prepare for a custody case. If the negotiation and mediation processes are unsuccessful, our team of experienced attorneys is prepared to litigate your case in court.

If you wish to schedule a consultation with Nancy J. Bickford, call us at (858) 793-8884.