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Man alleges domestic violence against his partner

Same-sex marriage has been a very popular topic for many people all across the country for the past few months. The legalization of same-sex marriage has understandably contributed to a surge in interest about same-sex couples and their rights under the law, with issues such as adoption for same-sex couples, prenuptial agreements and even divorce commonly arising. While these are all fairly normal concepts of family law and the family unit, there is another aspect of family life that is not as commonly addressed in the context of same-sex couples: domestic violence.

What are New Jersey's domestic violence laws?

As in many states, New Jersey recognizes and provides protection from domestic abuse, be it physical, economic, sexual or emotional. What you might not know is that such abuse does not have to be actually applied but merely threatened for individuals to seek legal protection. The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act prohibits more than a dozen criminal offenses, including sexual assault, harassment, criminal trespass and stalking. Because of the severity with which New Jersey law treats domestic violence charges if you are accused of domestic violence, it is extremely important that you take legal action in your defense.

An attorney may help you avoid a domestic violence conviction

When people are accused of domestic violence, it is not something that they should take lightly. Alleged victims of these crimes are often the only one's heard, but their side is not the only one authorities should be listening to, as it may not be the complete and honest truth. Anyone who has been accused of domestic violence should be sure to have their story heard, so that the case can be handled fairly.

Domestic violence bill continues to move forward in New Jersey

A few weeks ago, we reported on a bill that would affect the ability to own firearms for convicted domestic violence offenders. The domestic violence bill had recently been approved by the Assembly Law & Public Safety committee, meaning that it was one step closer to becoming passed into law. Among other things, this bill would require individuals convicted of domestic abuse to forfeit ownership of their firearms while they have a domestic violence restraining order affected against them.

Bill concerning domestic violence in New Jersey approved

Domestic violence allegations are amongst the most serious legal issues that a person can face. Domestic violence is obviously an incredibly tragic and awful criminal act, and no person should have to suffer their home being a place of nightmare, but it is also true that nobody should have their reputation tarnished and their civil status jeopardized by false allegations. Domestic violence convictions come with serious legal penalties, and those penalties could be getting even stricter.

Domestic violence in New Jersey

Although many people think of physical abuse when they hear the term domestic violence, the term refers to far much more. Domestic violence occurs when one partner acts in such a way to try to have power and control over the other partner. They may do so through sexual, financial, psychological, emotional or physical abuse.

What are the different types of restraining orders?

New Jersey residents who have been the victims of domestic violence may be interested in learning about the benefits and merits of different restraining orders. Applicants are required to file a petition in their residing county, the respondent's residing county or the county where the inciting incident occurred. New Jersey residents may either apply for a final restraining order, a temporary restraining order or an emergency restraining order. The type of restraining order issued typically depends on how imminent the judge believes the threat to be.

How can someone dismiss a restraining order?

In some situations, the reasons for which a person sought and obtained a restraining order either no longer apply or the plaintiff and defendant wish to reconcile. It is important to understand that if a New Jersey judge has issued an order, the order doesn't simply just disappear because the parties want it to go away.

'When can a restraining order be issued?

New Jersey residents who are experiencing domestic violence may ask for legal protection from their abuser. Restraining orders are used to legally accomplish that. There are two forms: a temporary and final restraining order. The conditions vary and differ according to individual circumstances.

Understanding New Jersey domestic violence laws

Atlantic City residents may be interested in learning about the law surrounding domestic violence in the state. Domestic violence is defined as the threat or act of abuse within an intimate relationship, whether it is physical, emotional, sexual or financial. Both men and women can be victims of this type of violence. New Jersey statutes set forth 14 different types of offenses that are prohibited under the domestic violence statute. These include assault, homicide, kidnapping, false imprisonment and criminal sexual contact, among other charges.

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