Am I required to attend the injunction hearing?
Technically you're not required to attend the injunction hearing. However, if you're the petitioner, meaning you filed for the injunction, you should attend the hearing or your injunction will be dismissed. If you're the respondent, or the person on whom the injunction was served, you should show up even if you don't object to the injunction being entered, just so you can see what the court determined.
Are same-sex partners eligible for family abuse protective orders?
Family abuse protective orders, or domestic violence injunctions as they're known in Hillsborough County, are available to same sex couples, as same sex couples are afforded the same rights and protections as opposite sex couples in the state of Florida.
Can a woman be charged with domestic violence in Florida?
Yes. A man or a woman can be charged with domestic violence in the state of Florida if it's determined that there is probable cause that they actually committed the domestic violence.
Does domestic assault and battery apply to same sex couples?
Yes, domestic assault and battery does apply to same sex couples, as same sex couples are afforded the same rights and protections as opposite sex couples in the state of Florida.
What happens at the injunction hearing?
At the injunction hearing, the court will listen to witness testimony and look at other evidence to determine whether an injunction should be entered and if so, how long should that injunction last.
Will domestic violence affect my custody case in Florida?
Yes, depending on the circumstances it may have great affect on your case in the state of Florida. However, it's important to also note that false allegations concerning domestic violence can be used in a custody determination in the state of Florida as well.