Domestic violence matters are filed in the Family Law courts under the Domestic Violence Protection Act (DVPA). Courts take DVPA actions very seriously. Judges do not look kindly on individuals who use a domestic violence action as a strategic move in a divorce.
Judges have different views of what constitutes domestic violence and thus it is critical to avoid any conduct that could potentially be construed as domestic violence. There may be harsh consequences if a judge determines domestic violence has been committed.
Documented domestic violence may impact the court's orders relative to spousal support, child support, custody and attorney's fees.