Spousal Abuse

Spousal Abuse Cases in Westlake Village

Our Westlake Village Family Law Attorney Can Help!

As with any form of domestic violence, spousal abuse is taken extremely seriously by prosecutors in criminal courts and judges in family law courts. Instances of spousal abuse can have repercussions for many years, including possibly permanent damage to victims, both emotionally and physically. Unfortunately, spousal abuse is still a serious problem in the United States; the Riley Center, a shelter for abused victims, states that a woman is battered in our country every nine seconds.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of an abusive spouse, it’s crucial that you seek help immediately. Living with an abusive domestic partner, spouse, child, or any other family member should never be an option; instead you should escape and seek help from law enforcement and a Westlake Village family lawyer as soon as possible.

I am Attorney Jeffrey S. Graff, and at my firm, the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff, my team and I understand the importance of protecting victims of domestic violence and spousal abuse from their abusers, and we work quickly to put the law to work for you. With more than 35 years of experience, to my name, I have the detailed knowledge of California family law you need to seek a successful conclusion to your family law issue. I know how tough dealing with an abusive spouse can be, and it only motivates me to work harder for my client knowing that their safety and well-being depends on my quick and decisive action.

I am ready and available to help you. Call the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff today to book your free initial consultation by dialing (805) 633-4999.

Spousal Abuse & Family Law Cases

Spousal abuse almost always leads to a divorce case down the line, even if it’s not necessarily right away. You should never feel compelled to stay with your abuser, however, and doing so can have devastating consequences. If you are the victim of abuse, you should get yourself and your children (if you have any) away from your situation as soon as possible, before calling my office.

Abused spouses often can lay claim to possessions, including:

  • The family home
  • Finances
  • Certain pieces of property
  • Child custody

Obtaining Protection

Property acquisition as a result of the abuse should not be your primary concern, however. The first task at hand should be to obtain legal protection from your abuser. When you are a victim of domestic violence, you should document any injuries you have sustained from their abuse with photographs and call the police.

Next, you should request a temporary domestic violence restraining order, which can provide you with up to five years of protection from your abuser in a number of ways. As your attorney, I can help you petition your local family law court to obtain one of these orders and ensure you are protected to the maximum possible extent. Once you are physically and legally safe, we can begin discussing the next steps, including serving divorce on your abusive spouse.

Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff today and let me help you seek the safety and freedom from abuse you’re looking for.

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    “Jeff and his team are by far the best to work with. His staff is kind, courteous, and he is excellent at getting the job done in a timely fashion. He is very straight forward and makes it easy to understand what is going on step by step in your case. His experience and insight into the family law field is excellent. Jeff and his office have helped my family tremendously and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for family law help. If you wants to be sure it is done correct the first time and that your family's best interest are always cared for, he is the guy. His team helped restore hope into our family in a time of uncertainty. That alone make Jeff a fantastic attorney aside from his knowledgeable legal skills.”

    Catherine

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    Melissa

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    “Jeffrey handled my Family matter. Jeff is great!! He really helped me and my husband fight my husband’s ex. My husband got hurt at work and we were really having a tough time. My husband ex’s got a big child support order against my husband and we didn’t even know that she went to Jeffrey handled my family matter. Jeff is great!! He really helped me and my husband fight my husband’s ex-wife. My husband got hurt at work and we were really having a tough time. My husband ex-wife had a huge child support order against my husband and we didn’t even know that she went to court for that!! Then, she started coming after us for this big child support money every month. She wouldn’t even let her kids come over to visit with us and my kids, but just wanted the money and my husband wasn’t working. My co-worker went to Jeff for her divorce and she told me to call and talk to him. I am so thankful that I called him. I talked to him and he explained everything to me. I needed that because I didn’t know what to do. My husband and I met with him in his office. Jeff and the secretary were both so nice and very professional. I completely trust them! Long story short, Jeff was able to get the monthly amount my husband pays to his ex-wife cut down by more than half!! And on top of that got the judge to make my husband’s ex let the kids come and visit with my husband, who is still hurt, and my kids. Everything worked out so much better than I thought it could. I didn’t know we had a choice and that we could go to the judge to lower the support AND let us see the kids. I would recommend Jeff to anyone who need help with family law. Very Helpful.”

    Linda

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    Kathy

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    “I selected Jeff to represent me because he specialized divorce cases and had worked with the Ventura County judges for many years. He was very patient with me as dealt with the emotions of getting a divorce after a 19-year marriage, and helped me through the terrible stress of facing my ex-spouse and being in the courtroom. He gave me very good advice on how to manage the property settlement, especially on when I should capitulate and when I should hold my ground. I felt that he always had my best interest in mind (rather than just collecting his fee) and worked diligently to bring the case to a fair conclusion.”

    Mrs. M