Protecting People From Abuse During Family Law Disputes

Domestic violence is a serious issue addressed by the Protection from Abuse Act. The Harrisburg area attorneys of Purdy Law Office, LLC, understand how difficult these issues are to deal with, both for a victim of abuse and for someone wrongly accused of abuse.

Due to their experience in representing parties to protection from abuse actions, our lawyers handle these cases efficiently and with sensitivity. In doing so, they draw upon their understanding of the Protection from Abuse Act and the impact the proceedings have on a person's career and other family law actions.

What Is A PFA?

In Pennsylvania, a Protection from Abuse (PFA) order is an order prohibiting one party from having any contact with the other party. Courts will only enter such orders when finding, by a preponderance of the evidence, the person requesting it is in immediate and present danger of further abuse by the defendant.

Additionally, the Protection from Abuse Act is only applicable to household or family members, sexual or intimate partners, or persons who have children together. As experienced family law lawyers, we understand how painful these proceedings can be for victims and their families, and we strive to keep our clients informed about what they can expect. This means taking our client's fear of abuse seriously, while also honestly explaining whether or not their fears will rise to the level of a protection from abuse order.

Since parents can file petitions for protection from abuse on behalf of their minor children, we understand the very serious implications that a protection from abuse order can have on custody proceedings. Protection from Abuse Orders can also exclude a spouse from the marital home in order to protect the abused spouse, which can have serious implications in a divorce action.

Finally, the existence of a PFA prevents access to firearms and other weapons, which can affect a person's employment if his or her job requires his or her access to these items. Because the impact of Protection from Abuse Orders can be so widespread, we will vigorously fight against the imposition of a PFA if it appears there were false accusations of abuse.

Access To Counseling And Other Resources

There are a number of resources available to victims of abuse and perpetrators of abuse who would like to seek treatment. At Purdy Law Office, LLC, we can refer clients to entities that provide these services so that you and your family can begin healing.

For assistance with issues of family abuse and other family law matters, contact us in the Harrisburg area by calling 717-836-0764. You may also send us an email in confidence. Your initial consultation is free.