Georgia law defines family violence broadly to keep people safe, but that may be to your detriment if you find yourself facing a fraudulent claim. Regardless of your situation, knowing the details of the law and protective orders can help you navigate a sensitive situation involving domestic violence.
The Georgia Commission of Family Violence includes several charges against various individuals in their definition of family violence. Charges of simple battery, assault and stalking against family members or individuals who are or were living with are a few examples. A person facing charges may also face a family violence protection order that threatens jail time if they violate it.
It is about distance
A protective order can keep an alleged abuser or offender from approaching the alleged victim. This can include orders to leave them alone or even award possession of a house to force the abuser to leave. It can mean temporarily removing custody of children from the abuser to decrease the chance of face-to-face contact.
It is about money
In the same vein as child custody, a protective order in Georgia can award child support between abuser and victim as well—including other support angles like making the abuser provide alternate housing for their spouse, former spouse, or children. Throughout the legal process, the order can award the costs and attorney’s fees to either party.
It is about time
These protective orders last a certain amount of time and place hard limits between two or more people to decrease the likelihood of further violence. This time, money and distance may put a strain on your life while you defend yourself, but it is important to know the limitations and consequences that come with disregarding these limits.