Maryland Domestic Violence
Domestic violence has been around for a long time. Unfortunately, battered and abused spouses were ignored until recent times when legislatures finally woke up and enacted legislation to protect those who could not protect themselves.
No one and I mean no one has the right to hit another. There is no excuse and absolutely no reason that anyone should have to suffer from violence and humiliation. The real question is why battered and abused spouses allow themselves to be placed in a position for abuse?
Is there help? Yes!!-But first you must be willing to help yourself before anyone can help you. Admitting there is a problem is the first big step. The second thing you need to do is seek advice from a member of the clergy, mental health professional, marriage support groups or an attorney in your community. Many communities offer free support groups and places you and the children can go and stay in times of crisis. Check it out so the next time you are prepared to take the right steps for you and the children.
Most states now have “Domestic Violence” statutes that can provide a cooling off period. If you have been abused, call the police, seek medical attention, take pictures (they are truly worth a thousand words) and file a petition with your local court, police or commissioner. This will send the abuser packing for a cooling off period. However, the alleged abuser will have a hearing generally within 1 week, depending on service and the court system. At that time the court will decide whether to extend the time to stay away or not. Most courts can give you use and possession of your home, temporary custody of your child or children and temporary support. The Judge can often order the abusing spouse to attend anger management courses, pay interim support and keep the person away from schools and work.
Never use domestic violence as a
way to instigate an altercation
because you are trying to get
your spouse out of the house.
This could boomerang against you
and now you are on the
defensive. Judges are keenly
aware that there is room for
reverse abuse by using the
statutes solely for self gain
and to get custody of the
children as the first strike in
a custody battle. You could
loose and so do the children.
Do not wait until after you have been abused, because the Courts are there to provide immediate relief and generally will not issue an order weeks after the incident.
When you go to Court many
advocacy groups can assist you
at nominal charge or for free.
If you know that you need and
want a final break in the
relationship and you are ready
to help yourself, then contact a
lawyer in your community to
assist you. He can help you
prepare for your trial. He
understands the judicial process
and can help you from making a
mistake that could lead to a
denial of a domestic violence
order. Be prepared to have
witnesses, bring photos and
Victims of Violence in the U.S.
By Belli, Weil & Grozbean, P.C.
Our family law section is headed by STUART H. GROZBEAN. Mr. Grozbean was named to "Who's Who" in 1998, 1999, 2000. He is now a life member of "Who's Who", a prestigious national recognition of outstanding professionals in the United States. He is also the developer of the child support guidelines program in Maryland. His program is widely used by Judges, Masters and Lawyers in Maryland.
Mr. Grozbean has been quoted in the Washington Post, USA Today and on various television and news channels
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