Domestic Violence

The domestic violence practice at ADZ Law, LLP is holistic and designed to empower our clients. Our attorneys educate their clients and offer them options to allow them enjoy their basic human right of living free from abuse. Disentangling from an abuser can be complicated and time consuming, but not impossible. The attorneys of ADZ Law, LLP have collectively assisted hundreds of domestic violence survivors and their children break free from abusive relationships and navigate the seemingly insurmountable hurdles to independence and safety. The firm’s attorneys have extensive experience addressing the power dynamics in these types of relationships, educating the courts, mediators, law enforcement, and other relevant third parties, and are skilled at addressing the myriad of co-occurring mental health, child abuse, and substance abuse issues that can come up in these cases.

Understanding Domestic Violence

Domestic or dating violence/abuse is a pattern of behavior in an intimate relationship in which one partner seeks power and control over another through intimidation, coercion, violence or the threat of violence. The abuse may be emotional, mental, verbal, physical, sexual, spiritual or economic. The abuse may become more frequent and severe over time or settle into a predictable routine. Victims of abuse may normalize the behavior and not self-identify as victims of abuse. Domestic violence can impact one’s job, education, housing, children, parenting, and relationships with family and friends.

Domestic or dating violence/abuse can happen to anyone: teens and adults in gay, lesbian or heterosexual relationships. It can happen to anyone regardless of their marital status, ethnicity/race, national origin or socioeconomic background. Men can be victims/survivors and women can be batterers. We encourage our clients to learn more about domestic violence and their rights.

Experienced San Mateo Domestic Violence Attorneys

Our attorneys provide legal assistance in obtaining restraining orders, divorces, support orders, safe custody and visitation orders. The firm also pursues financial recovery for clients in civil actions against perpetrators of abuse.

ADZ Law, LLP’s Domestic Violence Prevention practice includes helping survivors with:

  • Safety planning
  • Temporary Restraining Orders
  • Divorce, legal separation or annulments
  • Child or spousal support
  • Custody and visitation orders
  • Division of property
  • Name changes
  • Financial recovery against perpetrators through the civil or criminal process
  • Advocacy with law enforcement, the district attorney, or the court in the criminal process on behalf of the victim witness

These questions are helpful in identifying whether one is experiencing abuse. If you answer “yes” to any of the questions, you may be in an abusive relationship. Remember, it’s not your fault and you are not alone.

ADZ Law, LLP represents clients in San Mateo County and the San Francisco Bay area of California. We invite you to contact ADZ Law, LLP to schedule a consultation to learn more about our practice areas, our team, and how we can help you.