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Domestic Violence

Courts in the State of Florida are empowered to authorize Injunctions For Protection Against Domestic Violence. Such Injunctions are available for persons defined as "family or household members" which includes spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons presently residing together as "family", and persons who have a child together.

To file a petition a person must be the victim of an act of domestic violence or reasonably believe that he or she is "in imminent danger of becoming the victim of any act of domestic violence."

A Petition for an Injunction Against Domestic Violence may be filed in the Circuit Court where the petitioner currently resides, where the Respondent resides, or where the domestic violence occurred.

The Petitioner may request injunctive relief to protect them from further acts of domestic violence, temporary and exclusive use of the parties' residence, temporary and exclusive use of personal property such as autos, temporary custody of the minor children, temporary child support, and temporary financial support. The Court may also require that the Respondent not have contact with the Petitioner and not be allowed with in a certain distance of the Petitioner.

After the issuance of a Temporary Injunction, The Court must conduct a hearing within 15 days to determine if the Temporary Injunction will be converted into a Permanent Injunction or will be dismissed.

Any violation of either a Temporary or Permanent may result in Criminal Charges being filed against the Respondent.