A sad reality in too many family relationships is domestic violence. Domestic violence laws are designed to protect intimate partners who are spouses, ex-spouses, dating partners and those in a prior dating relationship, a co-parent and a cohabitant. If you feel your safety and that of your child is in danger from your spouse or the co-parent, or if you or your child is a victim of abuse or emotional or physical violence, then a protective order may be issued and the accused barred from any contact. Domestic violence allegations are commonly raised in child custody disputes that may or may not be fabricated or exaggerated. In either event, an experienced Los Angeles divorce lawyer from our legal group can investigate and often uncover facts demonstrating that the accusations are unfounded or are supported by credible evidence.