Domestic Violence

“Needless to say, this was a seriously scary time in my life.  Mr. Chroman was a support and a force.  I trusted him completely with his advice and ultimately he saved me from a lifetime of abuse.”  DS, Santa Clarita

Domestic violence law and the term “domestic violence” refers to domestic abuse, such as child abuse and child neglect, spousal abuse or domestic-partner abuse, and elder abuse. Domestic abuse isn’t just physical; it also covers the threats, emotional abuse, harassment, and stalking that a spouse, partner, or date uses to control someone else’s behavior. The abuse can be directed against anyone: children, former partners, roommates, and parents.

Allegations of domestic violence can dramatically affect almost any issue associated with a divorce. From child custody to spousal support, the courts tend to favor the interests of the abused spouse over the abuser.

For more than 15 years, our attorneys at the Law Office of Steven B. Chroman have handled complex divorce cases involving domestic violence.

We recognize that domestic violence is a serious issue. More than 200,000 reports of domestic violence occur in California each year. Equally troubling is the number of false allegations made to gain the upper hand in a divorce dispute. While our attorneys are ready to aggressively obtain restraining orders for domestic violence victims, we are also fully prepared to defend clients against false domestic violence claims.

Our lawyers have significant experience litigating cases involving domestic violence. We obtain and examine police records, hospital reports, paramedic records and court documents to fully understand the nature of the abuse and to analyze its overall effect on the divorce process.

Steven Chroman is on the Board of Directors of the Santa Clarita Valley Domestic Violence Center

What Constitutes Domestic Violence? California has a broad definition of domestic violence. It involves intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury, or sexual assault; or placing a family member in reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury.

Specifically, domestic violence involves:

  • Stalking
  • Child abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Destruction of personal property
  • Physical violence by a husband or wife
  • Unwanted visits to see children in school or at other locations

California is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that couples may obtain a divorce without having to prove that one side was responsible for causing the marriage to end. Nevertheless, allegations of domestic violence often result in either side filing for a divorce and can greatly affect the outcome of child custody and spousal support. Our attorneys have represented many clients with domestic abuse concerns and helped them protect their interests regarding child support, spousal support and property division.

If you have been victimized by spousal abuse or been falsely accused of domestic violence, we will provide you with aggressive representation.