Domestic Violence

 

      Domestic violence can be a major issue in a child custody case.  If domestic violence is established by clear and convincing evidence, Nevada law presumes that the offending parent should not even have joint custody of his/her children.  Domestic violence can also result in the issuance of a temporary protection order, which can have many consequences for the person its issued against, such as not being able to see a child at issue, being locked out of a residence, gun possession rights, and many others.

           Domestic violence includes battery, though there are far more forms of domestic violence.  Battery in Nevada is any unprivileged touching, no matter how slight, and whether or not it causes pain.  Battery can be almost anything with this definition.  In a child custody context, the battery has to be enough to warrant taking children away.  Other domestic violence includes, stalking, harassment, threats, threats or violence to pets, trespassing, and a whole host of other acts.  Courts look for power and control in determining if any domestic violence warrants taking child custody away.

     Peter has extensive experience in representing both the abused and the accused.  Representing both sides gives Peter an edge as he has to be able to defend against his own arguments--and be able to circumvent them.