Financial Support and Protection Against Abuse Prior To or While the Divorce is Pending. By: Law Offices of Steven B. Chroman P.C. Santa Clarita Divorce

We know how the uncertainty associated with a pending divorce can be unsettling to everyone.  The husbands and wives that are totally dependent, however, upon his or her spouse for their financial welfare, as well as the welfare of the children are the most frightened and uncertain.  For a spouse fearful for his/her physical safety at the hands of an abusive mate, this strain can make the prospect of divorce more than they are willing to face.

Not knowing how they will pay the bills, care for their children, or protect themselves and their children from a violent spouse, has kept many a husband or wife from taking that first big step and filing for divorce. The result can be depression and hopelessness because the person feels trapped in a loveless and dangerous marriage.

But there is an alternative. A request for restraining orders may include a request for financial support, both spousal support and child support.  The necessary forms and information must be filed with a request for restraining orders.  The requesting spouse requests the Court to provide them with financial relief for their living expenses, support for their children, and even pay attorney fees. Once issued, the order remains in place until further amended by the court, until the divorce is dismissed, or until the final divorce judgment is entered and a final support order is established.

In situations where one spouse is fearful of a physically or emotionally abusive husband or wife, the restraining orders can also request the abusive spouse be excluded from the family home.  Restraining Orders Motions Are Not Granted Automatically—Having a Good Attorney Helps! More importantly, none of these protections, nor the financial relief, is automatic upon filing the motion. The court must agree with the necessity and order their implementation.

Our office brings the compassion, experience and skill required in dealing with these situations and in seeing that the appropriate level of support and protection is provided.  We work closely with the Domestic Violence Center and suggest you contact them if you need a safe place for you and your family.

Divorce is a difficult experience on many levels: emotionally, legally, and often financially. Having the right Attorney or Mediator can reduce all of these burdens. The Law Offices of Steven B. Chroman, P.C., is committed to helping you understand your options and make the best choices for yourself and your future.  Please call 661-255-1800 for your free consultation.


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