Domestic Violence & Restraining Orders

Domestic violence is abuse or threats of abuse between persons who have been in an intimate relationship or people that are related by blood. This abuse can be physical, emotional and/or psychological. The definition of domestic violence or abuse is more expansive in family law than it is in criminal law. Grounds for a protective order include physical acts, destruction of property, harassing statements, annoying phone calls, disturbing the peace and credibly impersonating or falsely impersonating another person. There is no requirement of physical injury or assault. Divorce courts may issue orders restraining orders for this type of conduct. Domestic violence allegations are extremely serious. If the divorce court finds that domestic violence has occurred, there may be very severe consequences including the issuance of a protective order which will be registered in the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS). There may be other detrimental effects on custody, child support, spousal support and kick-out orders from the residence.