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When it comes to allegations of domestic violence, the situation can be devastating for the entire family. In Lee County, and across all of Florida, each of these cases involve unique details. For example, you may be a victim of domestic violence and want to protect your loved ones from further harm or you could be facing domestic violence accusations that are based on lies. Either way, it is important to understand key terms, such as household and family members, when dealing with your case.

Domestic violence occurs when one person assaults, falsely imprisons, kidnaps, claims the life of or physically hurts a family member or a member of the household, according to the Florida Legislature. In addition to your children and marital partner, a number of people may also be considered your household or family member. Some examples include those who have previously lived with you as a family or are related to you as a result of marriage or blood, a common child’s parents and previous spouses.

If you are trying to address domestic abuse that took place or handle false accusations, it is crucial to do what you can to prevent additional obstacles and secure an outcome that will be best for your family. After all, these cases are often highly emotional and can have a significant impact on the lives of children and their parents as well.

Please remember that this post was written to offer insight on domestic violence and should not be interpreted as legal advice.