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Which relationships are covered by domestic violence laws?

Domestic violence involves accusations of threats and violence against individuals by people who are close to them. While definitions of domestic violence can look different from state to state, in Tennessee the relationships that may be involved in domestic violence claims can vary. This post will look at some of the affiliations that may fall under domestic violence claims but readers should discuss their rights and options with their defense attorneys when claims of domestic violence are made against them.

A person may make a claim of domestic violence against their spouse or against an ex-spouse. Their relationship does not have to be active or current for such a claim to be made. Similarly, a person may make a claim of domestic violence against a sexual partner, boyfriend, or girlfriend, regardless of whether that person lives in the same home as the alleged accuser.

Outside of personal relationships, in Tennessee different relations can claim domestic violence against each other. Blood and adoptive relatives can become involved in domestic violence disputes, as can relatives of former partners. Some claims of domestic violence involve accusations against parents who have allegedly subjected their children to harm.

A claim of domestic violence is a serious legal matter that should not be ignored by a person who is on the receiving end of such a legal accusation. Such a claim may affect a person's rights to see their loved ones and to have contact with their children. Incidents of domestic violence are serious and should be managed with the support of legal professionals so that the rights of all parties are honored and recognized.

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