As a Colorado Springs divorce attorney, I spend a lot of time meeting with people who are in the very early stages of divorce. And in many cases, by the time they reach my office, they are seeking counsel for more than just a divorce. With so many divorces occurring because of domestic violence, substance abuse and anger issues, by the time I see clients they are often at their breaking point. When divorce is threatened in situations like these, it is not uncommon for things to reach a boiling point right before the marriage ends.
My advice to many clients is to seek a No Contact Order, which prohibits any form of contact between the parties for a period of 72 hours. This order precedes a criminal restraining order, which will prohibit the abuser from molesting, harassing or intimidating them throughout the course of the proceeding.
When one party in a divorce is seeking a criminal charge of domestic violence, it is often recommended that a restraining order is incorporated within the divorce and dealt with simultaneously. However, if the abusive spouse’s attorney becomes aware of this, he or she may advise their client against it out of concern for how much the domestic violence charge might affect the divorce agreement for their client.
If you are dealing with a divorce that has criminal complications in Colorado, such as domestic violence and abuse, seeking advice from an experienced divorce lawyer is paramount. A Colorado Springs divorce attorney can help you deal with both the criminal and divorce proceedings simultaneously, while providing the advice and guidance you need to ensure the most favorable outcome.