If you’re the victim of domestic violence, you may spend a lot of time thinking about leaving but feel intimidated by the reality of taking that step. A Dallas child custody attorney can help you with the legal aspects of ensuring your child’s well-being, and you can take many other steps to make the transition easier.
Realize that domestic violence is unacceptable. Nobody deserves to be abused. You and your children have the right to a safe home where you don’t have to live in fear.
Learn the location and contact information of your nearest safe house/domestic violence shelter. Even if you don’t decide to stay there, they can provide good information for you about your legal options and ways to remain safe.
Save money. If you have time to prepare in this way, you should save up as much as you can to help make your escape.
Form connections with people you trust. Family and friends can be valuable to you as you plan to leave your marriage. If your abusive spouse alienated you from the people you care about, shelter workers can be good allies.
Get a restraining order against your spouse. If your spouse is threatening or hurting you, a restraining order will set limits on him. You can also get a police escort when you are ready to leave, so you can collect your belongings without incident. A restraining order also can serve as evidence in court. Ask your Dallas child custody attorney what other documentation you need.
Always put your safety first. If you feel that you are in immediate danger, call 911 right away.
Contacting a Texas Child Custody Attorney
Domestic violence is a heartbreaking thing for a family to endure. If you and/or your children suffered abuse at the hands of your spouse, contact the law firm of Warren & Migliaccio today for a free consultation about your options: 1-888-584-9614.