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Understanding Domestic Violence Under California Law

Disagreements are a normal part of life, but when someone consistently feels unsafe or lives in fear, domestic violence may be the cause. Domestic violence includes any emotional, mental, or physical behavior that negatively impacts family members, causing fear or distress.

Domestic Violence Laws in California

The definition of domestic violence varies by state, but California has progressive laws and a sensitive approach to handling these cases. According to California Penal Code 13700, domestic violence includes abusive behavior toward a minor, adult cohabitant, ex-cohabitant, former spouse, spouse, child, or someone the victim is dating. The Family Code 6211 further expands this definition, distinguishing between criminal and non-criminal domestic violence.

California’s domestic violence laws aim to end violence in intimate and familial relationships, identifying acts of domestic violence as criminal acts within defined relationships. Charges brought by prosecutors can vary based on the severity and harm caused.

Restraining Orders

Victims in California can file for restraining orders and emergency protective orders in both criminal and civil courts. These orders are not limited to physical harm; victims of emotional abuse or those fearing imminent harm are also protected. For more information on California domestic violence laws, contact an Orange County divorce attorney.

Virtual Divorce Mediation in California

Virtual divorce mediation offers a convenient and effective solution for resolving disputes without court involvement. It is an expedited process that can be tailored to your schedule, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a swift and amicable divorce. Divorce mediation in California focuses on creating fair agreements and reducing conflict, ensuring a smoother transition for both parties.

To learn more about the divorce process in California and how mediation can help, please visit our page, What is Divorce Mediation

Gerald A. Maggio is a trained Orange County divorce mediator who has amicably resolved cases many cases out of court, as well as an experienced divorce and family law attorney. Mr. Maggio founded California Divorce Mediators in 2012 with the belief that although “not every marriage can be saved, every family can” and a mission to save families from the financial and emotional distress associated with traditional divorce litigation. California Divorce Mediators is located in Irvine, California, and serves the Orange County area and other counties in California offering divorce mediationchild custody mediation and mediation of other family law matters.