Last week's post on this Tennessee criminal and family law legal blog discussed different forms of alleged conduct that may result in charges of domestic violence or domestic assault. Readers may be aware that these charges are criminal and can result in serious penalties like jail time. They may also have repercussions for individuals who have families and may impact their rights to see the people that they love.
Domestic violence can be alleged when prohibited conduct happens between people who share certain relationships. Parent-child relationships, spousal relationships and others can all form the basis of domestic violence claims. To this end, if a parent is alleged to have harmed their child in a purported domestic violence incident, then that parent may see their rights infringed upon when it comes to spending time with their child.
A court may, if it finds it to be in the child's best interests, limit the contact that the parent has with the child, or it may mandate through a protective order that the parent keep away from their child. An allegation of domestic violence can cause a parent to lose contact with the child they love, and that loss of contact can have long-term consequences on their relationship.
Domestic violence allegations can have criminal and civil repercussions. When they are alleged, individuals may be well-served to seek the counsel of attorneys who understand both realms of the law. Sam Byrd and his Hamilton-based legal practice are ready to support clients who are caught in this difficult legal position. Readers are invited to visit the firm through its domestic violence website for more information about attorney Byrd and the services offered by his firm.