Protection From Abuse

Either spouse can become a victim of abuse. When an abusive event occurs, it can be hard for the victim to seek help, either from friends and family or from legal counsel. At Raffaele Puppio, we understand the difficult situation a victim of spousal abuse is in and will work with you to resolve the legal ramifications in the most compassionate manner possible.

A protection from abuse order (PFA) is a court order, signed by a judge. Typically, a PFA will remove the abuser from the residence of the parties, and prohibit the abuser from contacting the other party. Violation of the protection from abuse order can result in a criminal contempt proceeding and possible incarceration. Our family law attorneys will help you secure this order in Delaware County and understand your options in case of an emergency situation when a judge cannot be reached, such as during evenings or weekends. Your well-being is our highest concern, and we will work to ensure the safety of you and your family.

One of the primary concerns of a spouse who has been abused is how he or she will meet basic living needs in the event of a separation, especially if the abusive partner controls most or all of the couple’s finances. This traps many people in an abusive relationship from which they feel they cannot escape. Our experienced team of family law attorneys will help you see all the options available to you, from reconciliation to divorce, and we will do our best to ensure the best possible financial future for you, whatever the final outcome may be.

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