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Photo of frightened child, a common result in legal matters involving family violence, an area of family law handled by attorneys at The Family Law firm, serving clients in Edmonton, Alberta and beyondEffective legal representation is vital whether you are the victim of family violence or have been accused of domestic abuse.

If you are a victim of family violence, your first priority must be to get to a safe place.  The same applies for any children.  Don't blame yourself for the violence.  And don't make the mistake of assuming it will stop.

The nature of the violence can be physical or sexual and just threatening to commit these acts constitutes domestic violence.   Both men and women commit domestic violence.

Victims often struggle with intense feelings of fear and shame.  They may even still love the former partner who committed the abuse, which only adds to the confusion and intense emotional pain felt by the victim.

Falsely accused of domestic violence?

Problems in a relationship can cause one partner to falsely accuse the other of domestic violence.  It's also possible that one partner will make a domestic violence complaint to gain advantage in another Family Law matter, such as child custody

The police and courts take every allegation of domestic violence seriously.  Moreover, there are often immediate legal consequences, regardless of whether the allegation is true or not.  

An effective defence is still possible, but only with the help of an experienced Family Law lawyer who knows how to defend you by challenging the allegations and finding the inconsistencies or contradictions that are inherent in a false complaint. 

Don't wait if you have been falsely accused of domestic abuse.  Call us today to arrange your free introductory consultation. 

You have questions about Alberta law. We have answers.

Q: When is the right time to file for Separation?
A: Decisions on when to file for Separation involve multiple legal considerations and, as such, should be done with the help of an experienced Family Law lawyer. For example, if you are sure that you are going to get divorced and still file for Separation, your actions could be viewed as duplicitous (read as doubly expensive). Alternatively, if you are unsure about whether to file for divorce and file for Separation, the Courts will consider your separation effective from that date, a decision that may or may not be favorable for you.

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