Protecting And Preserving Families
Domestic abuse tears families apart and often turns private matters into legal proceedings. The law office of Elaine D. Smith-Koop, LLC, represents victims of domestic violence as well as those accused of domestic assault. I offer compassionate support for a scary and turbulent time, and I will help you stand up for your rights in court.
My name is Elaine Smith-Koop, a family law lawyer in Salem, Oregon, serving clients in Marion County and throughout the Willamette Valley. I bring more than 25 years of experience and a personalized approach to these sensitive issues.
Marion County Restraining Order Attorney
Experienced Representation In Domestic Abuse Cases
When police are called to a domestic disturbance, one of the parties will usually be arrested and removed from the residence. A judge will typically issue temporary restraining order under the Family Abuse Prevention Act. If children are involved, the court can also award the victim temporary custody of children.
I can help you obtain a restraining order if you are fearful for your own safety or your children, but I typically get involved after an assault has occurred. Domestic violence and restraining orders are commonly followed by a divorce or custody action, in which the two cases are consolidated in family court.
If the custody order is challenged, the noncustodial parent is entitled to a hearing that will be held within five days. Otherwise, a hearing will be held within 21 days on whether to grant a permanent restraining order. I represent either party or either parent in these proceedings:
- If you are seeking protection from an abusive spouse or partner, I will help you explain why the restraining order is necessary for your safety and peace of mind. The abuser will not be allowed to harass you, threaten you or contact you, subject to criminal charges.
- If you are falsely accused of abuse as a tactic in divorce or custody proceedings, I will fight to prevent an overly restrictive restraining order that threatens your freedoms or keeps you from seeing your children.