Domestic violence and abuse impact many Minnesota families. There is help. At Maxim Smith, Allison Maxim, domestic violence attorney St. Paul assists clients in obtaining or defending against Orders for Protection and Harassment Restraining Orders with the goal of assisting clients in protecting themselves, their interests, and their children and preventing additional abuse or allegations of abuse from occurring in the future.
Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Maxim Smith represents clients throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs in obtaining or defending against claims of domestic abuse and assault. We also consider the role and impact of physical and emotional/psychological abuse in interstate and international child custody matters.
Ramsey County Order for Protection Lawyer
Domestic violence can occur between spouses, parents and children, or unrelated individuals who share the same home. If you or your child has experienced physical abuse or assault or are in immediate fear of assault by a family member, our domestic violence attorney in St. Paul can help.
With a background in clinical psychology, attorney Allison Maxim has a thorough understanding of the psychological trauma caused by domestic violence. The first steps we take in any domestic violence case is to secure the safety of our clients and their children. Ms. Maxim has experience negotiating and litigating all aspects of an Order for Protection matter, including allegations of abuse, removal from the home, and temporary custody of the minor children. Order for Protection matters can be highly emotional as there is a lot at stake.Ms. Maxim understands the highly emotional dynamics at play and addresses not only the immediate legal issues, but also advises clients on the long term impact of an Order for Protection and provides resources in the community to assist with the emotional issues at play.
If minor children are involved, we work to modify child custody and visitation schedules and limit parental interaction to ensure supervised visitation to prevent abuse to children.
Stop Harassment, Stalking And Mental And Emotional Abuse
At Maxim Smith, we understand the fear and stress caused by repeated unwanted contact by an individual or an incident of physical or sexual abuse. We help our clients obtain Harassment Restraining Orders (HRO’s) to force abusers to stop their mental and emotional tormenting and protect clients and their children from the damaging effects of mental and emotional abuse.
Allison Maxim also understands the legal impact an HRO can have on your life. If you are accused of harassment and have been served an Ex Parte HRO or an Order for Hearing, contact Maxim Smith to discuss your options.
Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain control over another intimate partner. It can include physical, emotional, financial, sexual, or psychological abuse, as well as threats and stalking. Victims can be any gender and age, and they can come from any socioeconomic background.
Women report being the victim of domestic violence much more frequently than men, but anyone can experience domestic violence. Unfortunately, it is a common issue in St. Paul and throughout the country. Domestic violence doesn’t just impact the spouse or partner; it’s important to note that children can be directly or indirectly affected by domestic violence, too, and being in a violent home can have lasting effects on them. That’s why we believe it is so important for anyone experiencing domestic violence to seek help.
If you’re a man who is experiencing domestic violence in St. Paul, you’re not alone. Many men have struggled with violent partners. The data we have about domestic violence perpetrated against men may not be complete due to a lack of reporting and other factors. Whether it’s common or not, domestic violence against men should not be tolerated. If you’re in a violent relationship, consider safely leaving your abuser and seeking a protective order so you can begin the next phase of your life.
Anyone can perpetrate domestic violence, and the law does not see gender in these cases. A woman can absolutely be charged with domestic violence or have a restraining order filed against her. Unfortunately, both straight men and members of the LGBTQIA+ community in violent relationships can have a hard time finding support and legal assistance. We’re here to help, so get in touch if you’d like legal guidance.
Sometimes taking that first official step toward a new life can be the scariest part for someone who is experiencing domestic violence. If your family member is ready to leave their partner and file for an Order for Protection or Harassment Restraining Order, offer your moral support and let them know this is the right decision for their future. An Order for Protection will allow your family member to spend less time worried about their safety and more time building the life they deserve.
The family law attorneys at Maxim Smith Family Law are well-versed in domestic violence cases involving Orders for Protection and Harassment Restraining Orders. As divorce attorneys, we have worked with survivors of domestic violence to ensure their divorce goes smoothly while keeping them safe. You can count on our St. Paul domestic violence attorneys.