Florida’s infamous George Zimmerman has recently been back in the news, this time not for alleged murder but for domestic troubles. Zimmerman and his estranged wife, Shellie, are divorcing. A recent encounter led her to place a panicked call to 911 to request police intervention. While it is unclear as to precisely what happened between the couple, or between Zimmerman and his former father-in-law, there were reports of punching, breaking things and threats involving a gun.
This is not Zimmerman’s first brush with domestic violence. His former fiancé also filed for a domestic violence injunction, though he was not convicted of any crime.
Filing for an injunction
Regardless of whether a partner or former partner has a history of violence, separation and divorce can escalate to violence or the threat of violence. If you feel threatened or your ex is actively threatening you or your children with bodily harm, file for a restraining order. This is an injunction against the party threatening you, and requires that this person refrain from contacting or approaching you for a specified period of time. An injunction can be temporary or permanent. In many cases, a judge issues a temporary order to secure the immediate safety of the victim, then schedules a hearing to review the case.
Here are some of the conditions regarding a restraining order:
A domestic violence injunction can also:
Circuit court employees and other relevant staff receive training in the handling of domestic violence cases. The offices make every effort to protect the privacy of the parties during the filing and are equipped to distribute information regarding shelters and other crisis relief agencies.
The Broward and Palm Beach County divorce attorneys at Weiner & Weiss, LLC can advise you and assist you with your petition for a domestic violence injunction. We take every threat seriously and work to protect you and your children from violence before, during or after your divorce.
"Could not have asked for a better attorney. I dealt with an extremely difficult and tedious divorce. Gary and his team were always thorough and fully prepared. Always at the top of their game and always treated me as a top priority as they do all their clients. Recommend Gary Weiner as the attorney to handle your divorce if you need it done right!!!! " - Zachary B.,★★★★★
"Scott Weiss is always knowledgeable and reachable when I have a question. I have referred clients to him and will continue to refer clients!" - Ian S.,★★★★★
"Scott is a professional who is well-liked, collegial in a highly adversarial field. He has been mentored by an excellent lawyer and although still a younger lawyer he is fast gaining experience in complex matrimonial matters. He has moved beyond second chair to handling matters on his own. He is a pleasure to work with." - Anonymous,★★★★★
"Scott is not only a great lawyer, but he is also very involved in the community." - Anonymous,★★★★★