LANSING, Michigan. Amber Heard’s recent divorce from Johnny Depp has raised awareness about the risk of domestic violence in marital relationships and about the challenges women face when they seek divorce from abusive partners. According to the LA Times, Heard received a divorce settlement of $7 million, all of which she will donate to charities. Among the charities to which she’ll donate her settlement is the American Civil Liberties Union. Heard’s donation will help protect women who are victims of violence in their relationships. Individuals are not guaranteed the appointment of a lawyer in civil matters, meaning it can be challenging for low-income women who are victims of domestic violence to get the representation they need and deserve when they are in the midst of a contentious divorce.
Ending a relationship is difficult enough, but individuals ending a relationship where abuse or domestic violence is an issue are particularly at risk. The times when individuals are most at risk of being hurt or killed are when a relationship is ending. If you have experienced domestic violence or abuse in your relationship and are considering divorce, it is important that you take appropriate legal action to protect yourself. A family law attorney in Lansing, Michigan can help you get the appropriate restraining orders to protect your safety and that of your children. The Law Office of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. can also work with you to protect your financial health and your rights to property. Divorcing couples may want to quickly settle their cases, but doing so without the help of an attorney can lead to the loss of certain rights.
In Michigan, according to Women’s Law, you can seek a restraining order if your partner illegally entered your property, if you were assaulted or threatened, if your children have been removed illegally, if your partner owns or has purchased a firearm, or if your partner interferes with your work or school environment. Hurting an animal can also warrant a restraining order. If you are being stalked, you may also be able to get a restraining order.
If you are thinking about getting divorced, it is important that you take safety measures before you speak to your abusive partner about your decision. For instance, if you have reason to fear for your safety, you may want to move yourself and your children to a safe location before you take any action. Additionally, you may want to have an escape plan if you fear for your safety. Make sure that you have access to an exit or a phone to call for help if you plan to have the conversation with your partner at home. Let a friend or family member know what is going on before you act. Finally, protect your legal rights. Contact the Law Office of Stuart R. Shafer, P.C. family law attorneys today to learn more about how to protect yourself and your children.