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What happens when I am charged with domestic violence?

Being accused of domestic violence can not only tarnish your record, it can lead to alienation of your family, loss of your job and it tends to make friends disappear. Many people don't even realize that they may be crossing the line into this area. It is defined as being controlling, using coercion, intimidation and even revenge against someone that you have been in an intimate relationship with.

The courts that govern this type of situation in Colorado fully recognize domestic violence as affecting both spouses and children. The law is in place to ensure that no further violence occurs. The law specifically says that children have the right to grow up in a home that is free from domestic violence, neglect and child abuse.

If you are charged with domestic violence and you are seeking the custody of your children in a divorce, you may need some legal advice on how to get these charges mitigated or dropped. Knowing your rights is important at a time like this.

You may have a restraining order placed against you so that you can't even visit your kids. There is also an automatic injunction once the charges have been filed that prevents you from disturbing your spouse.

Colorado statutes state that children that live with domestic violence tend to have more emotional, psychological and physical problems than the average child does. It states further that limited exposure is necessary in order to bring peace to the household. Therefore, the spouse who is allegedly responsible for the abuse will have to move.

The guidance of a legal professional at a time like this can make all the difference.

Source: FindLaw, "Colorado Family Law on Domestic Violence," accessed Jan. 22, 2016

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