Family violence (also known as domestic violence) is an act or threat by one member of a family or a household against another. The act or threat must be intended to cause physical harm or bodily injury or the reasonable fear thereof.
Family violence may include assault, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, child abuse, spousal abuse or any form of serious physical, sexual, emotional, mental or financial abuse. In order to be granted a protective order, the victim must prove a history or pattern of family violence and a likelihood that family violence will occur in the future under Texas family law. Protective orders have broad ramifications on other types of family law proceedings, especially any pending case involving custody or access to minor child. If you’re involved in a domestic violence dispute or want to seek a protective order, call the family lawyers at Bailey Reyes.