Domestic Violence & Restraining Orders

At Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C., we have dedicated our practice to assisting clients with the legal matters that affect their lives. We have extensive experience representing people in cases involving domestic violence, whether they are facing criminal charges, seeking restraining orders or negotiating child custody.

Matters involving domestic violence are often complex because they involve both criminal and family law. With decades of experience, our attorneys have secured favorable results for clients in a full range of legal matters involving family violence.

Does Domestic Violence Affect Child Custody In Wisconsin?

In many cases, it does. While judges in Wisconsin typically prefer to divide both physical and legal custody between both parents, a record of domestic violence may make a judge reconsider a joint arrangement.

If a judge believes that a shared custody arrangement would be dangerous or harmful to the child, the parent with a history of abuse may have decreased parenting time, be limited to supervised visitation or be barred from having any contact with the child at all.

The final arrangement may depend on many factors, including:

  • The length, severity and type of abuse
  • How long ago the abuse occurred
  • Whether the child was targeted for abuse
  • Whether the parent has undergone treatment or demonstrated a change in behavior

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

If a partner or relative has committed abuse against you, your child or another family member, it is important that you take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. A domestic violence restraining order, also called a protective order, may be appropriate if you believe violence may occur again. Our lawyers will take the time to answer your questions, help you understand your options and pursue a restraining order if appropriate.

Protect Your Legal Rights. Call Today For A Consultation.

For compassionate counsel and experienced guidance in difficult family law matters involving domestic violence, turn to the trusted legal team at Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C. Please call 920-831-0300 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation at our offices in Appleton or Green Bay.

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