"From the first conversation at the height of my distress, through a domestic violence protection order and ultimately divorce finalization, Cindy provided wise counsel, guidance and encouragement. Not only was Cindy’s expertise critical for success in court, she simplified the legal process in a way that allowed me to overcome my fears, make clear decisions and walk out of some of my darkest days into a hopeful future."
Divorce/Domestic Violence Client
Domestic violence in a relationship must be taken seriously. Steps need to be immediately taken to protect the victim. When it occurs in a divorce or other family law case, protective orders – and whatever else the court feels is needed – can be immediately issued.
Domestic violence is the abusive use of power and control within a family. Abusers may control their victims physically, financially, socially and/or emotionally. The definition of domestic violence in Washington has evolved over time, as legislators recognize the devastating social impact of domestic violence, and that abuse that can be both violent and subtle.
The false accusation of domestic violence in a divorce or family law matter is another form of abuse. The false accusation of domestic violence is an accusation not backed by facts or evidence that has been brought solely to gain perceived leverage, to cause distress, to gain control, and/or to exert power over another. False allegations must be taken seriously and acted upon quickly.
Any form of domestic violence exponentially heightens emotions in any family law matter.
Because of the seriousness, once a claim of domestic violence becomes part of a family matter, it changes the trajectory of the case. It colors every motion, hearing, and potential settlement.
Do not – we cannot stress this enough – try to ‘fix the problem yourself.’
It is crucial to speak to an attorney with experience with domestic abuse matters of all types. Wysocki Law has that experience. We can help to ease your anxiety about facing your abuser or having to sit through false accusations.