Divorcing an Abusive Spouse in Arizona
Divorcing an abusive spouse in Arizona is a very difficult but very important first step to protecting yourself and your children. You need a game plan to protect yourself if you are divorcing an abusive spouse in Arizona.
Your first step is to look to your support network of friends and family to devise a specific plan for when and how you will leave your home or obtain an Order of Protection removing your abusive spouse from the home.
Our law firm works with highly trained security specialists who are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. They can even stay in your home with you to protect you from your abusive spouse. Whether you are divorcing an abusive husband or wife, your safety is our number one priority.
You have the option of meeting with our security team to devise a safety plan for you and the children. This may include you relocating to another undisclosed residence. Obtaining a new telephone number. Securing the funds you need to support yourself and your children and obtaining an Order of Protection to keep your spouse from coming to your home, your place of work, and even your children’s school.
If your spouse violates the Order of Protection he or she can be arrested and charged with a crime. Although an Order of Protection is useful, your ultimate safety depends upon the steps you take to protect yourself. Our security team is available to you if you believe it is needed.
Protecting Your Children from an Abusive Parent
The next thing you need to consider is hiring a strong and experienced attorney who is not afraid to protect you and your children. Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined legal experience. You not only hire an attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC you hire our entire team of attorneys.
We have successfully obtained Orders of Protection on behalf of numerous clients. We have established new case law in the Arizona Court of Appeals that, for the first time in the history of Arizona family law, pronounced that a finding of significant domestic violence should be of “paramount importance” to all trial judges hearing child custody cases.
If significant domestic violence exists, the court may award you sole legal custody of your children without considering any other child custody factors.
If the children have witnessed the domestic violence or have themselves have been verbally, physically or emotionally abused, the court can either order no visitation to that parent or only supervised parenting time. The court can also order the abuser to go through a domestic violence assessment with a trained expert and can be ordered to go through domestic violence treatment.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article to ensure everyone has access to information about family law in Arizona. Chris is a divorce and family law attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through a divorce should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and, quite frankly, actually caring about what his clients are going through in a divorce or family law case. In short, his practice is defined by the success of his clients. He also manages all of the other attorneys at his firm to make sure the outcomes in their clients’ cases are successful as well.