Our Houston Family Law Attorneys Can Help
Domestic violence is a horrifying experience for a spouse and for children.
The perpetrator in the relationship may be using it as a result of substance
abuse, but more likely than not, this behavior was something that was
hidden before the marriage took place. Once victims create a life with
their abuser, it can also be hard to unravel the situation, particularly
if children are involved. Our
Houston family law attorneys can help.
Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny as soon as possible so we can help you file a request for a temporary
Even if there is no history of violence in the relationship, once one spouse
finds out the other wants a divorce, he or she may resort to violence
or threat of violence to keep the marriage going. If you wish to file
for divorce, you can ask the court for a
protective order (PO) to protect yourself and your children until the divorce proceedings can happen.
A PO is a civil court order issued to prevent people from acts of family
violence, human trafficking, stalking, or sexual assault. You can ask
the court to grant one to prevent your spouse from harassing or attacking
you and your children. The district or county attorney, a private attorney,
or a legal aid service program can all help you file. The application
must be filed in the county in which you or your spouse lives. If you
are a family member of an abused spouse, you can also file for one on
The PO is valid for up to 20 days, after which the court can grant you
a final protective order that will last for 2 years; however, you can
specify another length of time instead.
Talk to Us About Your Case Today
If you need help escaping domestic violence and filing a divorce, don’t
hesitate to call us. Our
Houston divorce lawyers have been helping people in difficult family law situations for more than
30 years. Our lawyers can gain an in-depth understanding of your goals
and help you create an effective plan of action. Let us see what we can
do for you.
Call us at (713) 936-2300 or
fill out our online form to schedule a meeting with us today.