Domestic Violence Attorney in Vancouver
Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence in Clark County
Ending a marriage when domestic violence is a factor is particularly complicated and challenging. In some situations, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or stalking results in one party seeking protection and a court issuing a restraining order. At Beaty Hatch PC, our divorce attorneys in Vancouver handle situations involving domestic violence and restraining orders.
Are you a victim of domestic violence? Call Beaty Hatch PC today at (360) 566-6966 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our domestic violence lawyer in Vancouver!
Is Washington a No-Fault State?
Washington is a no-fault state, which means that divorce can be granted without either party being at fault. As a result, judges will not consider domestic violence when deciding the distribution of marital property and spousal support. However, there may be indirect implications for the divorce when domestic violence is a factor, and restraining orders are in effect.
The Impacts of Domestic Violence
While domestic violence may not affect how marital property is divided or alimony is awarded, it may influence the court's decision in certain areas, such as child custody, visitation, and monetary considerations in specific circumstances. For example, a history of violence in the home may affect decisions regarding children's best interests.
Domestic violence or abuse may influence the courts when determining:
- Child custody
- Property division: when domestic violence dissipated marital assets
- Alimony: When the abuse caused post-traumatic stress disorder, resulted in job loss or had other impacts on employment and income
Contact Our Domestic Violence Lawyer Today
Victims of domestic violence often have safety concerns, and a contentious divorce process can lead to an even more volatile situation. Our attorneys represent clients in divorce cases that involve domestic violence and restraining orders. We can handle the negotiations to limit the interaction necessary between divorcing spouses and protect the best interests of you and your children.
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