When the outside world all gets a bit much, we can always take great comfort in knowing that we have a home to go to.
Whether you want to kick back on the sofa and watch some TV, lose yourself in some music, whip yourself up a cracking meal or just relax in the garden with your family, your home needs to be somewhere that you can be yourself, where you can take momentary respite from outside distractions.
This is especially true if you have children, where raising them in a loving, caring environment becomes increasingly important.
Worryingly, not everyone’s home is a place of refuge. Sometimes people can dread returning home because of certain things that make living there so difficult.
Unfortunately, those problems are not always restricted to things like poor central heating or leaky pipes. They can include troubling family issues.
Domestic abuse can take many forms, and can take place between siblings, parents, children, couples and many other inter-relationships. Similarly, it doesn’t always have to involve physical violence. Threats, intimidation, verbal abuse and psychological bullying are all classed as forms of domestic abuse.
If you think that you may be the victim of domestic abuse, or perhaps that someone else in the home is too, then you need to understand what you can do about it because the law could and should be on your side. This could also apply if you feel that you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, which is not altogether uncommon.
Start by making a quick phone call to the Co-operative.
Experienced personnel will be able to let you know how best to resolve your domestic situation, by offering advice and support. If the situation requires it, you may be able to go to court that very same day to obtain an emergency order, ensuring your protection.
Advisors will also be able to tell you whether your circumstances will be covered by legal aid. If it is not, they can take you through an easy to follow fixed pricing system; helping you stay on top of things.
If the situation means breaking up with a partner or spouse, you will also be given clear and practical advice about the next steps to take, including how to deal with property, finances, and children (should you have any).
Advice and support is just a phone call away so don’t try to cope alone.
If you’re in Australia, then a reputable law firm you should get in touch with for family lawyers in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Quinn & Scattini are experts at family law.