Domestic Violence: Protecting Victims and Defending Rights in Volusia County, Florida

Few cases in family law are as urgent and harrowing as those involving domestic violence. Behind closed doors, individuals endure physical, emotional, and psychological abuse at the hands of those who are supposed to love and protect them. It transcends socioeconomic status, race, gender, and age. Breaking free from the cycle of abuse requires legal intervention, where family law attorneys play a crucial role.

Woodard & Ferguson: Your Trusted Ally

At Woodard & Ferguson, our team possesses a deep understanding of the complexities and family dynamics at play in domestic violence cases. Our foremost objective is to secure the safety and welfare of all family members involved. We guide victims through the legal process to obtain protection orders, establish secure custody arrangements, and seek justice against their abusers. In addition to civil proceedings, there is often a criminal aspect intertwined with cases of domestic violence, and we can adeptly navigate both.

Children and Domestic Violence: Hidden Wounds

The impact of domestic violence extends beyond the immediate victim, profoundly affecting children who witness or experience abuse within their homes. Shattering a child’s sense of safety and security can lead to various negative outcomes, manifesting in behavioral problems and difficulties forming healthy relationships in adulthood. At Woodard & Ferguson, we recognize the intricate dynamics involved and advocate fiercely for the rights and well-being of children affected by domestic violence. Beyond obtaining protection orders, we often navigate the legal landscape to secure supervised visitation or even terminate parental rights to safeguard children from further harm.

Divorce in Response to Domestic Violence

For many, divorce represents more than dissolution of marriage; it is a lifeline to safety and freedom. Deciding to divorce amidst domestic violence involves complex emotions, such as fear of retaliation and concern for the safety and well-being of oneself and one’s children. At Woodard & Ferguson, we guide individuals through this tumultuous process, providing legal counsel, support, and advocacy. We work tirelessly to secure alimony, custody arrangements, and equitable property division to empower individuals to break free from abusive relationships and start anew.

Defending Against Unfounded Allegations

Being accused of domestic violence is a serious matter. Unfounded allegations of abuse can arise from a variety of complex circumstances, such as misunderstandings, miscommunication, or even malicious intent. In a custody battle, one spouse may attempt to gain an advantage in securing custody or visitation rights by casting doubt on the other parent’s fitness or suitability to care for the children. Accusations may be used as retaliation or control to damage the other spouse’s reputation or gain leverage in divorce negotiations or court proceedings. 

Upholding Justice

At Woodard & Ferguson, we are prepared to defend those accused of baseless allegations of domestic violence in criminal court proceedings.  Attorney Katherine Woodard, one of our founders, served as legal counsel for the Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Her experience there gives her unique insight into determining the truth amidst allegations of violence. Common charges stemming from allegations of abuse are assault, battery, stalking, criminal trespass, child abuse, or violations of a restraining order. We fight hard to ensure that justice prevails for our clients.

Legal Advocacy in Ormond Beach, Florida: Woodard & Ferguson, Attorneys at Law

If you are the victim of domestic violence or are facing accusations of abuse, do not hesitate to call Woodard & Ferguson, Attorneys at Law, at (386) 677-0822 to schedule an appointment. As a family-run practice, we approach every case as a personal mission. We stand by our clients as fierce protectors, offering compassionate guidance and steadfast support throughout your legal journey.

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