When allegations of domestic violence arise, a family's normal life can be thrown into utter chaos. Although conflict and issues between members of Tennessee households do exist, claims of violence and abuse can create irreparable rifts between spouses, children and others living within their homes. Particularly, when a person alleges domestic violence and seeks to restrict the alleged perpetrator's access to them and their children, this can cause significant harm to the intra-familial relationships of the household.
Restraining orders, protective orders and other judicially-backed mandates that restrict an alleged domestic abuser from having contact with their alleged victims are all tools that individuals may seek to implement when they claim domestic violence has affected them. While these tools can serve an important purpose through the protection of individuals who are truly in harm's way, they can also be manipulated to keep parents away from their kids and cause deep discord within families.
For example, a protective order may stipulate that an alleged domestic violence aggressor may not call, see or otherwise make contact with their alleged victim, who in many cases is their partner or spouse. By cutting off lines of communication between spouses, a protective order may also cut off the alleged abuser's means of speaking with their kids and providing them with the love and support they require from their parents.
Domestic violence is a complex legal issue that when alleged can have serious consequence on the legal rights of individuals as well as the overall harmony of a family. Readers who are struggling to keep their families together after facing domestic violence claims are reminded that they have rights and options. Consultation with legal representatives may provide them with the help they need to get their lives back to normal.