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Domestic Violence Attorneys in Fort Myers

Taking Brave Actions to Protect Yourself

Domestic ViolenceDomestic violence situations can be very serious and demand legal intervention. If you are currently uncomfortable around your family members because of violence in the household, you may want to press charges for domestic violence. Feeling unsafe around a spouse, child, or parent is an unnerving sensation and should be properly handled for your safety.

Accusations of domestic violence can drastically change the way a couple handles their divorce. If one spouse is accused of domestic violence, there is a high chance the accused spouse will not be given child custody and won't win favor in court when it comes to property division.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is any behavior that is used to gain power and control over another person. This type of behavior is not limited to physical abuse. It can include mental abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, economic deprivation, and threats. Domestic violence doesn’t just occur between husbands and wives; it can occur between any two people who have an intimate relationship – couples that are engaged, dating, living together, and more.

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Obtaining a Restraining Order

Restraining OrderIf you have been abused within your home by a family member, you shouldn't let this behavior go unreported. Instead, we highly encourage you to speak with a Fort Myers domestic violence attorney at our firm. You will be protected under the client-attorney privilege and none of the information you share can be used against you.

We can help you petition for a restraining order, which will demand that your abuser move out of the home and stay far away from you and your family. Restraining orders can keep you safe from an erratic spouse who is opposing a divorce or is acting in violence out of jealousy.

Why You Need to Issue a Restraining Order

If you get a restraining order against a dangerous family member, the benefits can include:

  • The offender is legally barred from making contact with you
  • The offender cannot be in your home
  • The offender cannot be on your street
  • The offender cannot make contact with your children
  • The offender cannot call you on the phone
  • The offender cannot stalk you in public
  • The offender cannot visit at holidays
  • The offender cannot send e-mails, social medial messages etc.

If an offender violates these laws then he or she may be arrested. Oftentimes, it is easier to get a favorable divorce when your spouse is under a restraining order, as the court will consider that your spouse is not good for the children and may obligate your spouse to pay child support and spousal support.

Get the protected legal guidance you deserve!

Call a reliable Fort Myers attorney today if you want to learn more about how you can protect yourself from domestic violence or get assistance with a restraining order. We want to help you in this time of need, and we are committed to your best interests. Work directly with an accomplished attorney at our firm today.

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Meet Our Attorneys

  • William M. Powell, Esq.
    William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
  • Rita M. Jackman
    Rita M. Jackman Partner
  • Adam J. Stevens
    Adam J. Stevens Partner
  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
  • Diana Castrillon
    Diana Castrillon Attorney
  • William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
    William M. Powell, Esq.

    Although William M. Powell, Esq. is well-versed in a variety of legal matters and case types, he has built a strong reputation through his focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Your Advocates are proud to have him as a member of our law firm. He shares our passion for helping people in need and prioritizes our clients’ needs. Read More

  • Rita M. Jackman Partner
    Rita M. Jackman

    Ms. Jackman’s unwavering ambition and leadership has provided clients and will provide her future clients a star in this profession. Ms. Jackman is a relentless researcher and preparer who handles her client tasks with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought. Ms. Jackman was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida which has worked to benefits her practice and the clients that she serves. Read More

  • Adam J. Stevens Partner
    Adam J. Stevens

    Mr. Stevens has found his niche by becoming a litigation attorney and understands that communication between an attorney and client are paramount to obtaining favorable results. Mr. Stevens is known for taking on any and all types of cases no matter how difficult or routine they may be. Mr. Stevens is known as an aggressive attorney, though at the same time understands that some cases require a more patience to ensure a favorable result. Mr. Stevens does not shy away from challenging legal issues and has litigated complex matters against municipalities, international unions, large banking institutions, and several insurance companies. Read More

  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.

    His experience in litigation provides him the ability to identify and isolate potential areas of conflict and effectively counsel clients around potential pitfalls. Mr. Ricciardi believes that proper estate planning, real estate counsel, and business planning are areas of importance to everyone. Protecting and dispensing clients' various interests, assets, and lifetime earnings can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and wasting thousands of dollars in assets and earnings. Specialized knowledge, experience and attention to detail in these areas is therefore critically important. Read More

  • Diana Castrillon Attorney
    Diana Castrillon

    Ms. Castrillon has been in practice for over 19 years in the State of Florida. Diana started her practice as a defense attorney representing insurance companies, and for the last 17 years, Ms. Castrillon has been representing only injured workers in Workers’ Compensation cases. READ MORE

How We're Different:

  • Dedicated & caring service
  • Over 70 years' combined experience
  • One-on-one attention
  • Customized strategies
  • Accessible - 24 hour response time
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