Domestic abuse is a serious issue in Minnesota. A number of court actions may stem from the actions of an abuser, including divorce, child protective services, a petition for an order for protection and criminal charges. The interplay among those cases can have serious consequences in terms of custody and parenting time.

From domestic violence to stranger-induced assault, a variety of encounters leave Minnesotans fearing for their safety. Thankfully, the state offers several countermeasures designed to restore security. Two main opportunities for victims: orders for protection and harassment restraining orders. Although similar in many respects, these options hold several key differences, as outlined below:

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The Family Law Show returns, with a summary of the issues involved in obtaining, or defending against, an Order for Protection or Harassment Restraining Order.

The conduct giving rise to either Order may impact litigants in three types of cases: a civil case, a family case and a criminal case – often concurrently

Divorce inevitably creates heartbreak. That’s an irreducible part of the process. But the extent of the mental and emotional suffering depends sensitively not just on the divorce process but also on what happened in the relationship itself.

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The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that a shocking twenty people are abused by intimate partners every twenty minutes. Domestic violence is more common than the average person suspects, but it’s easy to see why it seems so rare — very few victims are willing to speak out.
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According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Child Welfare Information Gateway, out of approximately 2.1 million reports of child abuse or neglect in 2013, investigations revealed that only about 20 percent of them were valid claims, slanting heavily toward neglect. Although foster children file a fair number of claims, the majority of alleged perpetrators were biological parents.

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When the Minnesota Domestic Abuse Act defines domestic abuse, it includes physical harm, bodily injury or assault, but it also comprises the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault. Even when adults or children sustain no direct physical harm from abusers, threats and other types of severe verbal abuse can cause long-term harm — both psychological and physical. Victims need to learn to recognize the symptoms and when to seek legal assistance.

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Every family has their disagreements. Unfortunately, some parents take things to the extreme, and deny parenting time to the other. When that happens, reunification therapy may be the best option to rekindle the lost relationship between a parent and child. If you are involved in a challenging situation with another parent, we are here to help. Quite often, in these situations, the underlying conflict among parents will turn into alienation of one parent. That parent becomes estranged (e.g., absent) from the child’s life, while the other assumes the …

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Domestic abuse involves a statutory definition and process associated with obtaining an Order for Protection. Here is a quick guide on those issues: Abuse: Physical harm, assault or infliction of fear of imminent physical harm among family members. Process: Alleged victim submits papers to judge, outlining what happened. If court believes act of abuse occurred, Order for Protection is issued. Alleged aggressor may dispute issuance of Order, and request a hearing. If alleged victim proves case, Order up to two years may issue. If case not proven, …

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