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Domestic Violence: We Will Fight To Protect You

Domestic violence is a sensitive issue that affects families in Brighton & Howell and throughout Michigan. If you are a victim of abuse, stalking or harassment — or if you have been accused of these crimes — our experienced attorneys can help.

At Gormley and Johnson Law Offices, PLC, we represent victims and alleged abusers, assessing each case on its own merits. Our attorneys practice both family law and criminal law, having spent close to four decades protecting the rights of individuals and families in Fowlerville and across Michigan.

Learn how we can help you. Call 517-219-9301 today for a free, no-obligation legal consultation.

Are You In Fear For Your Physical Safety?

If you have immediate concerns regarding your physical safety, do not hesitate to seek legal help. We can help you obtain a personal protective order (PPO) to help keep the abuser away from you and your children. Examples of threats to your safety can include:

  • Harassment
  • Workplace harassment
  • Stalking
  • Excessive communication
  • Excessive phone calls
  • Cyberstalking
  • Excessive text messages

Are You Facing A PPO? Know Your Rights.

If your spouse or anyone else has issued a personal protection orders (PPO) against you, make sure you understand your rights. In addition to the immediate effects of a PPO — potentially not even being allowed in your house — a PPO can influence child custody and visitation determinations, limiting the time you spend with your kids.

We will work to help you overcome this legal challenge by working with you closely and understanding the circumstances that led to the PPO. Charges can be brought, and a PPO issued for things as minor as locking the other party out of the house, or gently jostling them during a verbal argument. We will look at what is going on in the relationship. Is the relationship mutually toxic? Is the accuser attempting to gain advantage in a divorce? Are the accuser’s Facebook updates consistent with the story he or she is telling law enforcement?

We recognize the huge role Facebook and other social networks play in court. Talk to our lawyers before you post anything online about your case or post anything negative about your accuser or anyone involved.

As your legal team, we will aim to develop a defense strategy that will protect your rights, freedoms, future and access to your children. Contact us today to get started. It is very important that you talk to an attorney as soon as possible to ensure you understand what the PPO requires of you and do not violate the terms. Even if your accuser wants to contact you, you could face legal consequences for communicating to him or her.

Don’t Wait To Protect Yourself — Call Us

Would you like to speak with an attorney regarding a personal protection order? To schedule your free, no-obligation consultation, call 517-219-9301. You may also contact a lawyer online. Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with weekend and evening hours by appointment. We serve clients in Livingston County and nearby communities like Brighton, Howell and Fowlerville.

How do I choose a good family lawyer?

It’s important to have someone you can talk to. If you’re able to be open and honest with your attorney, the two of you can find a solution that truly works for you.

Some people find it best to interview potential lawyers. This gives you a feel for their communication style. Remember, a lawyer works for you – not the other way around. Another important thing to discuss right away is payment. Understanding potential costs is a key component in legal cases.

When should I hire a family lawyer?

We how intimidating the legal system can be. However, it is best to get experienced guidance instead of trying to figure it out on your own. If you choose to go without representation, you could end up in a less-than-favorable position. We are here to protect your best interests every step of the way.

How can a family lawyer help you?

By knowing the laws, a family lawyer can put your case in favorable position. This is important when it comes to custody schedules, dividing property and determining alimony.

These cases are often highly emotional. Lawyers think logically and keep your best interests in mind. They also can clearly explain what your options are.

Ultimately, you will have to make the decisions as to how to move forward. However, having a clear understanding of what you can do is crucial. That is where our team can step in.

What should I look for in a family lawyer?

Someone you can trust is the most important asset. Since an attorney acts on your behalf, making sure that they understand your concerns is imperative.

For example, our firm has handled complex family law cases for almost 25 years. We are hands-on, communicative and compassionate. Our clients truly feel like the have an ally in their corner. This can make all the difference when you’re caught in a difficult situation.

How long will my family law case take to resolve?

Unfortunately, there is no set timeline for resolving a family law issue (or a set of issues, as is often required when getting a divorce). Each family is unique, which means each case is unique. As a general rule, however, any family law issue is likely to resolve more quickly if both sides can maintain open communication and show a willingness to negotiate. Conversely, if both parties dig their heels in and refuse to even consider an alternative position, the dispute could go on indefinitely.

Should I try to find a family law lawyer who shares a similar personality to mine?

Not necessarily. It is important to find an attorney you feel you can trust and with whom you can be open/honest. For this reason, you may think you need to hire someone like yourself. However, lawyers of many different personality types can be effective. Moreover, hiring someone with a different personality can be advantageous because they might offer a perspective about your case that you didn’t think of.

As we noted above, you do need to trust your attorney and to know that they are working in your best interest. This is something we attempt to show our clients each day – just as we have for the past 25 years.

Will allegations of domestic violence greatly impact my family law case?

Violence and threats of violence are an issue that often looms large in family law cases – particularly divorce and child custody matters. Whether you are the alleged perpetrator or the alleged victim, allegations of domestic violence will likely play a significant role in both the process and the outcome of the case.

When we represent you, we will help you give the court an honest and accurate picture of what has occurred – without minimizing or exaggerating – and provide any necessary context. Because we also practice criminal law, we are ideally suited to guide clients through criminal charges, personal protection orders and related matters.

Should I limit my social media use until my family law issue is resolved?

Since Facebook launched in the early 2000s, it and other social media sites have become a treasure trove of information in divorce, custody and other family law matters. As a general rule, it is a good idea to limit your use of social media during this time or at least be especially judicious about what you choose to post. You should assume that despite your privacy settings, anything you post online could later be seen by your spouse/co-parent, an attorney or the judge overseeing your case.

Call Our Trusted Family Law Attorneys To Discuss Your Case

In addition, we handle premarital agreements, paternity, stepparent adoptions, guardianships, estate planning and related concerns. To schedule your free consultation, call 517-219-9301 or email us. We serve clients in Livingston County and in nearby communities like Lansing/East Lansing, Howell and Brighton.