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Domestic Violence Archives

New Domestic Violence Statutes - Effect on Support, Custody & Property Rights, Part 2 of 3

As stated in the first installment on this topic, new laws went into effect in California on January 1, 2019, which constitute a significant reform of our domestic violence statutes. That reform continues the tendency of California's legislature to increasingly penalize domestic abusers.

Johnny Depp sues ex-wife for $50M in defamation case

Actors Johnny Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard were married in a secret ceremony in 2015, but their 2016 separation grabbed countless headlines. As with many celebrity divorces, there were reports of salacious behavior and excess. The bad behavior of the rich and famous have long been entertainment for the general public, but Depp and Heard's case was more troubling due to accusations of physical and emotional abuse. This led to a restraining order in 2016 and the subsequent divorce in 2017.

Federal government changes definition of domestic violence

The Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women quietly made changes to its definition of domestic violence last April. Under the Trump Administration, it has rolled back far-reaching rules instituted by the Obama Administration that were vetted by domestic violence experts. The new approach defines domestic violence primarily as a criminal concern, either as a felony or as a misdemeanor that involves physical assault or sexual violence. The individual charged can be a spouse, person living under the same roof, intimate partner or someone with whom the victim shares children. The charges can apply to either an adult or a minor.

Restraining orders will impact divorce negotiations

There are few things that impact a divorce more than a restraining order. In many situations involving divorce, the two sides and their lawyers can sit down and draft an agreement, negotiating the details that they do not initially agree upon. However, the unfortunate truth of the matter is that cases can be and often are, considerably more acrimonious, perhaps even to the point where a restraining order is in effect. Despite the fact that "no fault" is California's standard grounds for divorce, a restraining order will likely have a major impact on divorce and other family law matters.

Wife and daughter fight over care of actor Tim Conway

Actor Tim Conway is famous for his offbeat comedy roles and particularly as a cast member of the Carol Burnett show. Unfortunately, the 84-year-old actor now suffers from advanced stages of dementia.

Judge of Stanford rape case ousted

The people of California have spoken loudly in the June 5 mid-term elections, recalling a sitting California judge for the first time since 1932. Judge Aaron Persky received national condemnation for sentencing a former Stanford swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. The prosecution had asked for a six-year sentence.

How do I obtain a restraining order in California?

It is sometimes necessary to take out a restraining order against someone you fear may harm you, particularly if that person is a spouse or other intimate partner. A restraining order, also known as a protective order, can offer protection from further abuse.

Understanding the different types of domestic abuse

There are many widespread misconceptions about domestic violence. One of the most common is that domestic abuse is always physical in nature. In fact, there are many different types of domestic abuse that do not require physical violence.

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