If you are an unfortunate victim of domestic violence, stop reading and immediately call the police. Once you are safe, you should seek a temporary restraining order. Los Angeles Superior Court has excellent, cost-free resources. Click here for an introduction.
If you have children, and have a restraining order against you, your child custody and visitation rights may be impacted. Family Code section 3044 basically says that if there is domestic violence within the past 5 years, the perpetrator will not have custody. There are exceptions. If this applies to you, you need to immediately contact an attorney. For a good article by the Los Angeles Superior Court on Child Custody and Domestic Violence, click here.
- If you are a victim of Domestic Violence, CLICK HERE
- California Courts Self-Help on Domestic Violence
- Referrals from LACBA’S Domestic Violence Project